Blood and Diamonds: Germany's Imperial Ambitions in Africa

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Harvard University Press
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6.5 X 9.5 X 1.2 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author
Steven Press is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University and author of Rogue Empires.
Steven Press's history of conflict diamonds from Namibia under German rule shows German colonialism in a new light and in a broader context, extending into the Nazi era and beyond. Diamonds were a colonial fantasy with all-too-real consequences of premature death for African workers and of Germans' renewed anti-Semitism and willingness for war. Fluently written, provocative, and hugely informative.--Lora Wildenthal, author of German Women for Empire, 1884-1945
Steven Press has written a disturbing, brilliant book. Courageous and deeply researched, Blood and Diamonds brings out the full measure of transnational intrigue, cutthroat capitalist competition, and sheer callousness at the center of this long-hidden, disheartening human catastrophe. A stunning new history.--Helmut Walser Smith, author of Germany: A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500-2000
Empirically rich and elegantly written, Blood and Diamonds will be received as an important landmark in the history of German colonialism and more broadly as an examination of the entanglements between colony and metropole. Press aptly combines meticulous scholarship with remarkable narrative talent.--Andreas Eckert, Humboldt University, Berlin
[A] deeply researched, often of the country's entanglement in the diamond trade.--Joshua Hammer "New York Review of Books" (11/18/2021 12:00:00 AM)
An excellent history...Looks at the story through the prism of diamonds...His careful economic history makes clear the importance of diamonds to the survival of the colony and to Germany's economic reach at the time.--Nicolas van de Walle "Foreign Affairs" (11/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)
Absorbing...Press masterfully interweaves the history of diamonds and empire with international economics and consumption, racism and genocidal violence, and the complexities of metropole-colony relations...An insightful, fascinating, and important book.-- "Choice" (2/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)
Press shows that the diamond wealth flowing from German Southwest Africa was crucial to both the development of German colonialism in Africa and Germany's broader global engagement.--Stephen Morgan "African Studies Review" (12/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)
An engaging examination into an important aspect of German colonialism in the pre-WWI period.--Brian de Ruiter "International Social Science Review"