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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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The Ethnographic Frontier in German Postcolonial Visions

The Ethnographic Frontier in German Postcolonial Visions

(p.137) Chapter 7 The Ethnographic Frontier in German Postcolonial Visions
Anthropology's Global Histories

Rainer F. Buschmann

University of Hawai'i Press

German anthropologists did not cease their intellectual endeavors despite the loss of Germany's colonial empire following the Treaty of Versailles. This chapter analyzes how the tremendous backlog in material culture and ethnographic information gathered during the expedition age in German New Guinea maintained the discipline following the colonial loss. Similarly, Germany's sudden entry into a “postcolonial” age provided an additional stimulus for anthropologists. When practitioners turned to crafting their monographs, their salvaging attempts along the ethnographic frontier were influenced by postcolonial demands to exonerate the German administration from potential abuses against the indigenous populations in German New Guinea.

Keywords:   Germany, German colonial empire, German New Guinea, material culture, indigenous peoples, ethnographic frontier

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