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Title: Anglo-German commercial rivalry in West Africa, 1884-1918 : the British response.
Author: Olorunfemi, Akinsola
ISNI:       0000 0000 6455 5735
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1977
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This study attempts to clarify the relationship between European commercial interests and territorial acquisitions in West Africa: the discussion is centred on these two interrelated themes in explaining Anglo-German imperial rivalry during the era of the 'new imperialism'. Territorial acquisition is seen here more as a product of intense rivalry for trade and markets among European merchants in West Africa than as the product of European economic problems of the late nineteenth century, or of diplomatic manoeuvres in Europe involving strategic positions in Egypt, India and elsewhere. Although the value of West Africa to the whole commerce of Britain and Germany was relatively insignificant, the lobbying power of the commercial pressure-groups in the two countries interested in this 'market' helped to accelerate the pace of its partition. The establishment of colonial administrations and the consequent need for revenue to sustain them intensified the search, and therefore the competition for 'markets' in the West African hinterlands. The commercial value and the direction of trade of the various territories acquired by the two Powers are examined. It is concluded that the often cited decline of British commercial supremacy as a result of 'foreign', particularly German, competition was not a necessary consequence of the mere acquisition of territories by Germany.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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