Contemporary | German history - Regina Schmeken | Occupation of Tsingtau in 1897 | 00291771
Contemporary | Colonialism | Captains Victor Franke, Puder and Fromm, 1904 | 00058498
Contemporary | World War I | Fighting in Qingdao in the World War I | 02100162
Contemporary | Weimar Republic | Occupation of Tsingtau in 1897 | 00291772
Contemporary | Great Depression | Boxer rebellion in 1900 -german troops | 00291817
Contemporary | Nazism 1933 | New Guinea, New-Mecklenburg, Bismarck-Archipelago | 00291986
Contemporary | Nazism 1934-1945 | Captains Victor Franke, Puder and Fromm, 1904 | 00058498

While the Great Powers of Spain, Portugal, Great Britain and France had long divided the world among themselves, the young German Empire under Chancellor Otto von Bismarck was initially skeptical of colonial expansion in the Age of Imperialism. Economic interests and, above all, Wilhelm II's colonial superpower fantasies led to a change of course in the foreign policy.

With "protected areas" in East and West Africa, China and the western Pacific, the Empire tried to secure its "place in the sun". However, the German colonial policy soon proved to be an economic and political failure - the "Boxer Rebellion" in China humiliated the German Empire, the bloody suppression of the Herero uprising in German South-West Africa became the first genocide in German history. Shortly after the beginning of World War II, almost all German colonies would fall to the Allies.