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2014 | 23 | 2 | 288 – 314
Article title

FIGHT FOR MIXED MARRIAGES

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EN
Abstracts
EN
This study deals with the topic of marriages between German citizens and members of the native population in German Southwest Africa. The instructions issued to registrars in September 1905 banned these marriages and also made the marriages occurring before the ban void. Archival sources contain several cases where German fathers tried to legitimise their children or a case of a woman seeking a divorce instead of having her marriage proclaimed as void. They appealed to the courts, but the legal situation in German Southwest Africa was not clearly defined and thus, the decisions and reasoning of courts in the cases differed. The study looks at the ban on mixed marriages in the context of race and racist attitudes in the early 20th century and introduces the historical background to the ban. The attitudes of the representatives of the colonial administration and Berlin institutions were influenced with the racial theories and racist worldview. The sources indicate the progress of the topic from the intellectual racial and racist discourse to its institutionalisation and instrumentalisation.
Year
Volume
23
Issue
2
Pages
288 – 314
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Contributors
  • Institute of Oriental Studies, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Klemensova 19, 813 64 Bratislava, Slovak Republic, kaoreast@savba.sk
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Publication order reference
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