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Anthropology's Global HistoriesThe Ethnographic Frontier in German New Guinea, 1870-1935$
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Rainer F. Buschmann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831844

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831844.001.0001

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Restructuring Ethnology and Imperialism

Restructuring Ethnology and Imperialism

(p.71) Chapter 4 Restructuring Ethnology and Imperialism
Anthropology's Global Histories

Rainer F. Buschmann

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses how novel anthropological ideas were welcomed by a restructured German colonial administration. As German colonialism came under close scrutiny following massive indigenous uprisings in Africa, newly appointed colonial directors were drawn to solutions that were at least partially inspired by anthropology. In return, anthropologists exploited such colonial interest to prepare expeditions to German New Guinea. Facing an increasingly divided anthropological community, German colonial officials decided to intervene in the distribution of colonial artifacts. Solutions that included mounting all-German expeditions to New Guinea and “nationalizing” indigenous artifacts met with resistance from the anthropological community, and negotiations continued until the outbreak of the Great War.

Keywords:   colonial artifacts, Germany, German colonialism, anthropology, New Guinea

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