"For decades, a dogma has been developing in colonial history that makes use of medieval scholasticism and proceeds using deductions to achieve desired ideological results. One needs courage and perseverance to stand up for scientific integrity against this dogma. Bruce Gilley does just this with In Defense of German Colonialism.” – Dr. Claudia Lederer, Author of Bakashmar's Curse: On the Causes and Background of the "Arab Rebellion" (1888-1890)

"A very well written, thorough, and scholarly analysis of the real facts of the German colonial record. This will come as a complete revelation to those of us who had assumed as a matter of course that German colonialism must have been brutal, authoritarian, and only interested in the exploitation of subject peoples. In fact, as this remarkable book documents in great detail, it was actually humane and enlightened, with the interests of the natives as its first priority, and distinguished in particular by the quality of its medical research and hospital care. The book also shines a brilliant light on the sheer mendacity of much of the anti-colonial movement so fashionable in the West, in which academia has played such a leading and shameful part." -- Christopher Robert Hallpike, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, McMaster University.





A native public health team and female settler distribute medicines, German East Africa, 1903