I am a comparative historian of modern eastern and southern Africa. My research draws on African languages to re-consider the role of German colonialism in African history, how societies reckon with mass violence, and the nature of decolonization. My dissertation compares the ways in which ordinary men and women, indigenous leaders and nationalist politicians in Namibia and Tanzania have remembered German rule between its end in the First World War and the era of decolonization. Beyond the workings of memory, I am also interested in colonial intermediaries, African vernacular newspapers, and Swahili poetry.
Before coming to Princeton, I received a B.A. in Modern History and Anthropology from Freiburg University, Germany, and spent an academic exchange year at Durham University, England. I also hold an M.A. in Global History from Free University and Humboldt University Berlin.
Fabian Krautwald, "The Bearers of News: Print and Power in German East Africa," The Journal of African History, 62:1 (2021), 1-24.
Fabian Krautwald, Sakiko Nakao, Thomas Lindner, "Fighting Marginality: The Global Moment of 1917-1919 and the Re-Imagination of Belonging," L'Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques 18 (2018), http://journals.openedition.org/acrh/8086.
Alexander de Juan, Fabian Krautwald, Jan Pierskalla, "Constructing the State: Macro Strategies, Micro Incentives, and the Creation of Police Forces in Colonial Namibia," Politics & Society, Vol. 45, No. 2 (2017), 269-299.
Fabian Krautwald, Review of Postcolonial Germany. Memories of Empire in a Decolonized Nation, Oxford 2014 by Britta Schilling, in H-Soz-Kult, September 3, .2014, <www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-23166>.