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By Sara Pugach

"Africa in Translation is a considerate contribution to the literature on colonialism and tradition in Germany and may locate readers within the fields of German background and German stories in addition to beautiful to audiences within the huge and interdisciplinary fields of colonialism and postcolonialism."

---Jennifer Jenkins, college of Toronto

The learn of African languages in Germany, or Afrikanistik, originated between Protestant missionaries within the early 19th century and used to be integrated into German universities after Germany entered the "Scramble for Africa" and have become a colonial energy within the Eighteen Eighties. regardless of its lengthy heritage, few learn about the German literature on African languages or the prominence of Germans within the self-discipline of African philology. In Africa in Translation: A background of Colonial Linguistics in Germany and past, 1814--1945, Sara Pugach works to fill this hole, arguing that Afrikanistik was once necessary to the development of racialist wisdom in Germany. whereas in different international locations organic reasons of African distinction have been valuable to African stories, the German technique used to be primarily linguistic, linking language to tradition and nationwide id. Pugach lines this linguistic concentration again to the missionaries' trust that conversion couldn't happen except the "Word" was once allowed to the touch a person's center in his or her local language, in addition to to the relationship among German missionaries dwelling in Africa and armchair linguists in locations like Berlin and Hamburg. through the years, this ended in Afrikanistik students utilizing language and tradition instead of biology to categorize African ethnic and racial teams. Africa in Translation follows the background of Afrikanistik from its roots within the missionaries' sensible linguistic matters to its improvement as an instructional topic in either Germany and South Africa in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Sara Pugach is Assistant Professor of heritage at California nation college, Los Angeles.

Jacket snapshot: Perthes, Justus. Mittel und Süd-Afrika. Map. Courtesy of the college of Michigan's Stephen S. Clark Library map collection.

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