The German colonial empire

Smith, Woodruff D

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  • Creator Woodruff D. Smith
  • Format Books
  • Publication Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1978.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (289 p.)
  • ISBNs 9781469610252, 1469610256
  • OCLC ocn823719609


  • Although Germany's short-lived colonial empire (1884-1918) was neither large nor successful, it is historically significant. The establishment of German colonies and attempts to expand them affected international politics in a period of extreme tension. Smith focuses on the interaction between Germany's colonial empire and German politics and, by extension, on the connection between colonialism and socioeconomic conflict in Germany before World War I.


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-268) and index.
  • English


  • pt. I. The origins of Germany's colonial empire -- pt. II. The colonies, 1885-1907 -- pt. III. Colonial politics in Germany, 1890-1906 -- pt. IV. The Dernburg era and its aftermath
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