The Lost Man. Wilhelm Solf in German History

The Lost Man is a new and innovative biography and portrays the life of Wilhelm Heinrich Solf (1862-1936).
Hempenstall, Peter J.; Mochida, Paula Tanaka
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Title: The Lost Man
Subtitle: Wilhelm Solf in German History
Authors: Peter J. Hempenstall; Paula Tanaka Mochida
Editor: Hermann Joseph Hiery
Series: Quellen und Forschung zur Südsee. Reihe B: Forschung 2
Publisher: Harrassowitz Verlag
Wiesbaden, Germany 2005
ISBN 3447051345 / ISBN 3-44-705134-5
ISBN 9783447051347 ISBN 978-3-44-705134-7
Softcover, 24 × 17 cm, 285 pages, 13 b/w-photos

About: The Lost Man. Wilhelm Solf in German History

This new and innovative biography, The Lost Man. Wilhelm Solf in German History, portrays the life of Wilhelm Heinrich Solf, a man who lived from Bismarck to Hitler (1862-1936), and whose life was deeply entangled with the ups and downs of Germany's domestic and in particular foreign and international policies. Solf went from carving out a name for himself as a liberal - and successful - colonial Governor to becoming the imperial colonial minister of the Kaiserreich before World War I. During the war he struggled to influence the Kaiser's ruling circle away from its aggressive military policies towards a negotiated peace, rising to become imperial Germany's last Foreign Minister.

He was appointed Weimar's ambassador to Japan, and turned out to be the Republic's most successful and cultured diplomat overseas, restoring the relationship between the two former enemies. On his return to Germany, Solf became involved with several political attempts to forestall Hitler's rise to power. He and his family worked against the Nazi's antisemitic policies. In fact the 'Solf circle' became an important opposition group. Solf's legacy resounds not only in the Pacific, but in Japan and Germany where he stood ground as an internationalist and humanist during an era of nationalism and militarism. Rediscovering Solf's life is a testimony to the other side of German history.

Content: The Lost Man. Wilhelm Solf in German History

1. The Painful Search for Immortality
Conversation l - Joining Hanna 's Mission
2. 'Reading in the Pages of the Great World'
Conversation 2 - Angles to Values
3. 'The Work of My Life'
Conversation 3 - Colonial Übermensch?
4. 'A Wider Scope of Mind'
Conversation 4 - Hidden Contours
5. 'Because There is no Longer any Tree ...'
Epilogue: Between Histories
Conversation 5 - Wars and Rumors
6. 'Like Eating Artichokes'
Conversation 6 - Redemption Deferred
7. 'Our Heroes are Buried'
Post Script: Hanna's Story
Endnotes and Sources
Selected Bibliography

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