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Blood and Diamonds

Germany’s Imperial Ambitions in Africa

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674916494

Publication Date: 04/06/2021

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352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 photos, 3 maps


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

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

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