European colonialism and citizenship in Africa – a comparative legal history

Volume 19 of our Open Access book series ›Global Perspectives on Legal History‹ is out now

April 05, 2022


When Italy and Germany joined the ‘scramble for Africa’ and established colonies on the continent in the late 19th century, they, like other imperial powers before them, had to deal with the question of how to define the legal status of the inhabitants of these territories. Nicola Camilleri’s book takes Eritrea and German East Africa as case studies to comparatively analyze norms and practices of citizenship. Focusing on racism and other elements that influenced colonial governmentality, it addresses a central issue of the global history of European colonialism and its discriminatory nature.

Nicola Camilleri’s research combines legal and institutional history with cultural and social history. He received a PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2017, and has been a visiting fellow at the Remarque Institute, NYU, and the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (Frankfurt), among others.

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