Contemporary | Colonialism | German occupation of Tsintau 1897 00291771
Contemporary | Colonialism | Battles against the Hottentots and Hereros in German South-West Africa 1904 - 1908 00058498
Contemporary | Colonialism | Fighting in Qingdao in the World War I 02100162
Contemporary | Colonialism | Tsingtau from 1879 until 1914 00291772
Contemporary | Colonialism | Boxer rebellion 1900 00291817
Contemporary | Colonialism | New Guinea 00291986
Contemporary | Colonialism | Battles against the Hottentots and Hereros in German South-West Africa 1904 - 1908 00058498
Colonialism

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.