Deutsche Kolonialpolitik in Afrika
Hamburg 2020, 236 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-339-11224-8 (Print), ISBN 978-3-339-11225-5 (eBook)
Afrika, Deutsch-Kamerun, Deutsch-Mittelafrika, Deutsch-Ostafrika, Deutsch-Südwestafrika, Deutsches Kaiserreich, Geschichte, Imperialismus, Kolonialgesellschaften, Kolonialismus, Kolonialpolitik, Rassismus, Sozialdarwinismus, Völkermord
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The German colonization of Africa took place especially by the unified German Empire. In 1884, pursuant to the Berlin Conference, colonies were officially established on the African west coast, often in areas already inhabited by German missionaries and merchants. The following year gunboats were dispatched to East Africa to contest the Sultan of Zanzibar’s claims of sovereignty over the mainland in what is today Tanzania. Settlements in modern Guinea and Nigeria’s Ondo State failed within a year; those in Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania and Togo quickly grew into lucrative colonies. Together these four territories constituted Germany’s African presence in the age of New Imperialism. They were invaded and largely occupied by the colonial forces of the Allied Powers during World War I, and in 1919 were transferred from German control by the League of Nations and divided between Belgium, France, Portugal, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Michael Lausberg shows main features of the German colonization of Africa in selected regions. The murderous consequences of this chauvinist politics are still visible today, The colonial past of Germany has never been properly worked up, probably it should not. A presentation of the history of colonial aspirations and key figures and organizations are also at the center of the investigation.
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