Edge of Empire: The German Colonial Period in the Northern Mariana Islands

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BY: DIRK SPENNEMANN


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Imperial Germany’s colonial power in Micronesia was brief, but left a lasting impact. Professor Dirk H.R. Spennemann’s Edge of Empire: The German Colonial Period in the Northern Mariana Islands thoroughly examines this 15 year period (between the Spanish-American war of 18989 and the early days of World War I in October 1914), when a handful of German colonial administrators initiated education, economic and social policies that were to forever alter the future of the Northern Mariana Islands. Compulsory schooling with instruction in Chamorro and Carolinian, private ownership of land limited to Chamorro and Carolinian homesteading programs and environmental protection are only some of the German initiatives that were both innovative and unique throughout the colonial Pacific.