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The 'Black Horror on the Rhine'

Intersections of Race, Nation, Gender and Class in 1920s Germany

Authors: Wigger, Iris

  • Provides a detailed historically grounded examination of the intertwining of race, nation, gender and class. 
  • Presents detailed innovative analysis of previously unknown visual and text based 1920s source materials.
  • Examines in-depth an important chapter in the archaeology of European racism.
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This book explores the 'Black Horror' campaign as an important chapter in the popularisation of racialised discourse in European history. Originating in early 1920s Germany, this international racist campaign was promoted through modern media, targeting French occupation troops from colonial Africa on German soil and using stereotypical images of 'racially primitive', sexually depraved black soldiers threatening and raping 'white women' in 1920s Germany to generate widespread public concern about their presence. The campaign became an international phenomenon in Post-WWI Europe, and had followers throughout Europe, the US and Australia. Wigger examines the campaign's combination of race, gender, nation and class as categories of social inclusion and exclusion, which led to the formation of a racist conglomerate of interlinked discriminations. Her book offers readers a rare insight into a widely forgotten chapter of popular racism in Europe, and sets out the benefits of a historically reflexive study of racialised discourse and its intersectionality.

About the authors

Iris Wigger is Lecturer of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. The main focus of her research is racism analysis in historical context - exploring the intersectionalities between ‘race’ and other categories of social inclusion and exclusion. 

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wigger, Iris

    Pages 1-44

  • Women’s Bodies, Alien Bodies and the Racial Body of the German Volk: The Rhetorical Structure of the “Black Shame” Stereotype

    Wigger, Iris

    Pages 45-112

  • Race, Gender, Nation, Class: The Social Construction of the ‘Black Shame’

    Wigger, Iris

    Pages 113-305

  • Conclusions

    Wigger, Iris

    Pages 307-330

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-31861-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-230-34361-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The 'Black Horror on the Rhine'
Book Subtitle
Intersections of Race, Nation, Gender and Class in 1920s Germany
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31861-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-31861-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34361-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 389
Number of Illustrations and Tables
27 b/w illustrations
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