The German social democratic periodical Der Wahre Jacob waged a near-constant
battle against the conservative establishment in the course of its five
decades of existence. Opposing the Wilhelmine culture of militarism and
Weltpolitik, and supportive of international labour, it nonetheless betrayed
a number of ambiguous positions when it came to matters of race and gender.
While Imperial Germany’s coercive and brutal tactics in colonial warfare
were roundly condemned, it was the actions of the British and the French
that came in for particular attention. Moreover, the very principle of
colonialism and imperialism was not criticised effectively; merely the means
by which the Great Powers exercised their – apparently rightful – imperial
power. The chapter explores Der Wahre Jacob’s engagement with such issues
between its foundation and the beginning of the First World War.