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Dänemark als globaler Akteur (17.-20. Jahrhundert)

Studies on Denmark’s colonial possessions and its historical responsibility

From 1620 until the 20th century, Denmark had colonies in the North Atlantic, the Caribbean, India and on the west coast of Africa.
African west coast. After the loss of Schleswig-Holstein in 1864, however, Denmark came to see itself as a nationally homogeneous small state and memories of its colonial past and its involvement in the slave trade faded. Over the past three decades, historians have begun to devote themselves to this essential part of Danish history.


This volume provides a general overview of the country’s colonial history and also deals with specific aspects, such as Denmark’s involvement in traditional economic structures and colonial urban development in India, archaeological research into the Danish slave economy in present-day Ghana and the preservation of colonial cultural heritage in the Virgin Islands.

The global and interdisciplinary approach of the volume also applies to the authorship. Authors have been recruited from Denmark, Iceland, Germany, India and Ghana.



Vol. III of the series Colonialism and Postcolonial Perspectives


1st edition, 314 pages, softcover, thread stitching. Format. 148 x 210 mm. Contains photographs, maps and tables, partly in colour.
Publication date: 27.05.2024

ISBN: 978-3-947064-15-1


denmark / colonial history / decolonisation / Greenland / Iceland / Herrnhut / India / Ghana / Tranquebar / Serampore / Joseph Banks / Heinrich Ludwig von Schimmelmann / US-Virgin Islands

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