Objecting to “half-colored politics”

Ross’s lengthy lecture on a number of geopolitical questions for the members of the pro-Nazi Anglo-German Fellowship in London had actually been developed during a tour in Germany, in which he dealt with British ambitions in global politics, including its relations to ‘non-white races’.

For an unusually long time, from July 1935 through April 1937, Ross stayed in Europe. Besides writing his books on (North) America and his geopolitical articles for dailies, magazines, and journals, he lectured throughout Germany. In the months before his departure for England, in the spring of 1936 (on his lecture see “The co-existence of white and coloured"), Ross intensely observed current political developments, in particular the Geneva Disarmament Conference and subsequent international efforts regarding the conflicts in the Mediterranean. The aim of stopping the arms race and establishing a peaceful balance in world politics was moribund, especially after Hitler’s Germany had withdrawn from the League of Nations.1 Against this backdrop Ross anxiously studied the political and economic strategies of Great Britain and the US and constantly questioned their global claims (while justifying those of Nazi Germany). He either reiterated his criticism of universalist world views, most profoundly expressed in his earlier books Die Welt auf der Waage (1929) and Der Wille der Welt (1932),2 or seized on racist arguments, extensively covered by national socialist ideologists.

As the referenced article shows, in his objections to the British Commonwealth’s “half-colored politics” Ross relates racism to the concept of “Herrenrasse”. While in the mid-1920s, and particularly in Ross’s Africa-related publications, the superiority of the white ‘race’ seemed unquestioned (see The weak white), after 1933 it became a core argument in the abovementioned concept’s defense. Thus, British foreign policy is to be blamed, among others, for avoiding “the rupture of the racial antagonism between the white and the colored”.

Katalin Teller

Colin Ross. Vom Weltreich zum Weltbund. Leipziger Neueste Nachrichten. Nr. 348. 1935 Dec 14; 1-2.

Topic: Race
Case: Speaking engagements


1 Frederick S. Northedge. The League of Nations. Its life and times. 1920–1946. New York et al.: Holmes & Meier; 1986; 221-254 and Alfred Pfeil. Der Völkerbund. Literaturberichte und kritische Darstellung seiner Geschichte. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft; 1976; 103-137 (Erträge der Forschung 58).

2 In the context of the politics of the day see also Colin Ross. Konsolidierung der Kontinente. Leipziger Neueste Nachrichten: 1936 Mar 31; 91; 1-2.

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