Sebastian Conrad's German Colonialism: A Short History

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Colonization created divides between the natives and the colonist calumniating into two different communities. German settlers were ‘away’ from home, but had not quite left all of it behind. In German Colonialism: A Short History, Sebastian Conrad portrays German settlers as living a “bourgeois lifestyle” (103). This lifestyle did not help with the already apparent difference between the natives and the colonists: their races. Germans did not necessarily want to “civilize” the natives, but to control them. The use of race to justify colonial power can be seen through some of the language that Conrad uses. “Colonial power during the nineteenth century,” Conrad argues, “was founded on a politics of difference. Colonial encounters had always required …show more content…
In the book German Colonialism in a Global Age, David Ciarlo in chapter nine, Mass-Marketing the Empire: Colonial Fantasies and Advertising Visions, describes this by using images that were used to, “epitomize the aesthetics of what might be termed the colonial cargo cult…” (Naranch, 187). What Ciarlo means by this is that the images and cartoons were using stereotypes to depict the natives and then having some type of symbol of civilization. Ciarlo describes these images as the show, “the civilizing mission and racial difference” (Naranch, 187). The people who were reading these advertisements were not the natives but Germans. They were able to see the natives with these products and it would enable them to buy these things. Ciarlo says that by having the natives in these advertisements it, “… offered avenues of representation useful to the advertiser, even when the product had nothing to do with the colonies. In this way, Africa became ‘fashionable’…” (Naranch, 196). The point of advertising is to get one’s viewers to buy the product. By having the natives act as pawns in the advertisements, advertisers were able to take advantage of their depictions. These depictions were not of African’s who would be considered German, but more African who were seen as just only being pieces in a huge …show more content…
They were “able to steer, manage, and ultimately monopolize a great deal of the print culture of German colonialism” (Naranch, 190). The advertisements are shown in rural places. They were pleasing to the viewer 's eyes because they were seen as, “uniquely ‘suitable for the colonies’… the attestation of a product 's suitability ‘in the colonies’ spoke to its durability and worth rather than its actual use” (Naranch, 192). They looked first-rate, even if the products would never be used they still looked fancy. But this further adds to the idea that when looking at these images that have depicted of natives with products in the colonies. The viewers are not connecting the natives to being Germans, but just seeing the native with the objects that seem to be durable and expensive. There is no realization that these African’s may or may not be German to the German

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