This critique would be more impressive if von Tunzelmann had bothered to read the book. In fact, the German genocide of the Herero and Nama in Namibia is covered in considerable detail on pp. 176-181. Clearly von Tunzelmann didn't quite get that far. This is called 'reviewing a book without the nasty bits' ... like reading it. Review editors take note.
Review of Civilization by Alex von Tunzelmann
In his review of my new book, Civilization, von Tunzelmann alleges that I write 'imperial history without the nasty bits'. 'Here are some other things about Western empires that aren't in the book,' he writes.'The German genocide in Namibia ...'
My response to Krugman was that there should be a new Krugman's Law: the first person to claim he has won the debate has lost the debate. So comprehensively did Krugman lose this exchange that one Korean newspaper ran the headline the next day: 'A great Nobel Prize winner humiliated like a dog in Korea.' Unhappy? You now know which of us, um, was.
Paul Krugman claims to have won an argument that he lost
"A few months back, in a dialogue in Korea with Niall Ferguson, I suggested a macroeconomic version of Godwin’s Law: the first person to bring up the Weimar hyperinflation is considered to have lost the debate. He was, um, not happy." -- Paul Krugman on his blog, 27 December 2010.