Making South West Africa German? Attempting imperial, juridical, colonial, conjugal and moral order

  • Wolfram Hartmann

Abstract

This article addresses the origins of a decree prohibiting racially-mixed marriages that was issued in German South West Africa in September 1905. A close reading of the archival sources together with the observation that only a negligible number of such marriages took place raises the crucial question as to why such a drastic measure was deemed necessary. It is argued that a lack of experience in a new and developing legal field combined with administrative inefficiencies to allow a wide leeway to implement whatever was deemed desirable by the respective administrative official in the colony, regardless of what Berlin argued. The determinist, even teleological, notion that German racism was imposing itself in this situation has to be re-evaluated.
Published
2014-01-31
How to Cite
Hartmann, W. (2014). Making South West Africa German? Attempting imperial, juridical, colonial, conjugal and moral order. Journal of Namibian Studies : History Politics Culture, 2, 51-84. Retrieved from https://namibian-studies.com/index.php/JNS/article/view/107
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