Len's Summary: A succinct survey history of German colonial expansion and policies from 1885 until it lost its colonial possessions in the Pacific, Asia and Africa as a result of WWI. Unlike several recent studies, this one contends that German colonial policy, though undeniably harsh and racially biased, did not necessarily fore shadow the Holocaust and was not dissimilar to that of France and Britain. (Originally published in German in 2008.)
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.