The Herero genocide of 1904: Source-critical and methodological considerations

  • Andreas Eckl

Abstract

The Herero-German War of 1904 has been downplayed as a “normal colonial war” by some, and emphasised as a genocide by others. While the first position is untenable, the second is reconsidered in this article through a re-evaluation of the sources and their treatment by academic historians over the last forty years. It is argued that a more rigorous, reflected and nuanced source-critique would complement the current historiography of the topic, which suffers from a questionable selection, evaluation and interpretation of textual sources.
Published
2014-02-21
How to Cite
Eckl, A. (2014). The Herero genocide of 1904: Source-critical and methodological considerations. Journal of Namibian Studies : History Politics Culture, 3, 31-61. Retrieved from https://namibian-studies.com/index.php/JNS/article/view/120
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