This book "supplies a vocabulary of English words and idiomatic phrases 'arranged … according to the ideas which they express'. The thesaurus, continually expanded and updated, has always remained in print, but this reissued first edition shows the impressive breadth of Roget's own knowledge and interests."
The volume is concerned with Imperial Germany's identity as a colonial power from the perspectives of language history and discourse analysis. The formation of identity as a colonising power cannot be separated from the establishment of particular forms of communication. It is principally through linguistic action that a sense of communal equality is created. Thus the discursive, ideological and imagined identity as a colonial power manifests itself as a substantial field in national communication between 1884/85 and 1919. The articles in the volume are designed to make a fundamental contribution to the linguistic history of German colonialism.