History | Colonialism | Tsingtau wird deutsche Kolonie 1897 | Occupation of Tsingtao, 1897 | 00291771
History | Colonialism | Tsingtau im Ersten Weltkrieg | Fighting in Qingdao in the World War I | 02100162
History | Colonialism | Deutsche Kolonie Tsingtau 1897-1914 | Occupation of Tsingtao in 1897 | 00291772
History | Colonialism | Boxeraufstand 1900 | Boxer rebellion in 1900 -german troops | 00291817
History | Colonialism | Deutsche Kolonie Neu-Guinea | New Guinea | 02100149
History | Colonialism | Kämpfe gegen Hereros und Nama in Deutsch-Südwestafrika 1904 - 1908 | Battles against the Hottentots and Hereros in German South-West Africa 1904 - 1908 | 02100975

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.