Imperial Germany's colonial experience in Micronesia was only brief, but it left a lasting impact on the communities it ruled. During a 15 year period, between the Spanish-American war of 1898 and the early days of World War I in October 1914, a handful of German colonial administrators initiated educational, economic and social policies that were to have a significant impact on the Northern Mariana Islands. Compulsory schooling with instruction in Chamorro and Carolinian, private ownership of land limited o Chamorro and Carolinians (excluding even Germans!), homsteading programs and environmental protection are only some of the German initiatives that were both innovative and unique throughout the colonial Pacific.
Edge of Empire is an in-dpeth study of Germany's colonial rule in the Northern Mariana Islands. Drawing upon an extensive body of German colonial records, Professor Dirk H. R. Spennemann thoroughly examines the various facets of the legacy of this brief but significant chapter in the history of the Northern Mariana Islands.
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