By Arne Perras

Carl Peters (1856-1918) ranked between Germany's so much well-liked imperialists within the 19th century. He turned referred to as the founding father of Deutsch-Ostafrika, a quarter many Germans observed because the pearl in their out of the country possessions, and his reminiscence was once respected in Nazi Germany. This biography unearths his function in Germany's colonial expansion.

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109 He also mentioned Wallace, who had reached quite similar conclusions on the process of evolution to Darwin’s. 111 There is another revealing passage in Willenswelt und Weltwille where Peters, with reference to Julius Bahnsen, speaks about the ‘pulse of our time’: ‘Steam and electricity have built colossal bridges over which men have been moved into immediate proximity to each other. The planet already looks too small against the background of the restless roving spirit which has totally inflamed the Germanic race .

21 In 1878 the Centralverein für Handelsgeographie und Förderung deutscher Interessen im Auslande, under the presidency of Robert Jannasch, was formed in Berlin. It gradually expanded by establishing local branches in other German cities. A large chapter emerged in Leipzig, under the leadership of Ernst Hasse, the later president of the PanGerman League. Jannasch’s organization was in contact with the Munich Verein zum Schutz deutscher Interessen im Auslande, led by the prominent geographer and National Liberal, Friedrich Ratzel.

The important thing was that they would preserve their German nationality. 34 What he postulated was a primacy of overseas politics to secure the expansion of Deutschtum. This was not a defensive strategy of social imperialism in the Wehlerian sense, nor a safety valve in Fabri’s sense, to prevent social revolution. Peters’s agenda was primarily focused on the expansion of German nationality in the world and its importance for the development of Weltkultur. Peters demanded a new German role in the world not to preserve any status quo at home, but precisely because he was discontented with the situation at home.

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