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Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993153

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993153.001.0001

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Kaiser Wilhelm II and the limits of the royal prerogative in German South-West Africa

Kaiser Wilhelm II and the limits of the royal prerogative in German South-West Africa

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(p.77) Chapter Four Kaiser Wilhelm II and the limits of the royal prerogative in German South-West Africa
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Crowns and Colonies
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Matthew P. Fitzpatrick

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993153.003.0004

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was reputed to have been personally involved in and responsible for Germany’s shift to a policy of global expansion (Weltpolitik). Yet the history of the Herero War in German Southwest Africa raises a number of questions. How far did Kaiser Wilhelm II’s prerogative power over the German colonies actually extend, and to what extent did he seek to exert this power to its limits? This chapter shows how the German monarch, notionally possessing prerogative power in the colonies that approached the unlimited, was remarkably absent from decision-making. Whatever the causes of the genocide of the Herero, it cannot be seen as a result of the so-called ‘kingship mechanism’.

Keywords:   German colonialism, Kaiser Wilhelm II, German legal history, German constitutional history, German Southwest Africa, Herero War, monarchy

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