Cosmopolitanism and Reconciliation in a Postcolonial World

  • Reinhart Kössler


The chapter takes up the genocide perpetrated in 1904–1908 in what was then German Southwest Africa, today’s Namibia, as an unresolved issue and an exemplary challenge to quests for cosmopolitanism. The issues of global inequality are related to the postcolonial situation and, in the concrete case, to the need for reconciliation. This leads to setting out some central aspects of the ongoing process of coming to terms with the consequences of the genocide. Various perspectives in Namibia as well as in Germany are outlined. One important conclusion relates to the persistent imbalance in terms of concern and awareness between the two countries, which again is referred back to the concept of cosmopolitanism.


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  • Reinhart Kössler
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  1. 1.University of FreiburgFreiburg im BreisgauGermany

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