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Title:The German-Herero War of 1904: Revisionism of Genocide of Imaginary Historiography
Author:Dedering, TilmanISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic terms:Namibia
Herero revolt
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2636958
Abstract:The debate about the war between the German colonizers and the Namibian population at the beginning of the nineteenth century has recently been resuscitated. In an article published in 1989, Brigitte Lau denied that the Herero were the victims of genocide perpetrated by German soldiers in 1904. Target of her attack is the (East) German historian Horst Drechsler. Lau argues that Drechsler's classic study 'Let us die fighting' (1980), originally published in German in 1966, is ideologically biased and distorts statistical figures and historical facts. She takes him to task for indulging in the Eurocentric 'desk-fantasy' of a German historian who has never known Namibia. The present author shows in this article that none of the evidence which Lau uncovers to exculpate the Germans in Namibia is actually new. What is new, however, is that the accusation of Eurocentrism is summoned by 'progressive' historians (both Lau and Drechsler are proponents of what is now called revisionist historiography) in defence of ideas which customarily have been associated with right-wing authors. Ref.