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Title:The British versus Pro-Germanism in the British Southern Cameroons, 1916-22
Author:Amazee, Victor Bong
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History
Geographic terms:British Cameroons
Great Britain
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24328636
Abstract:Because they believed that German rule in Cameroon had been very harsh, the new British rulers, in 1916, expected a grand welcome in the Southern Cameroons. But what they got was a very cool reception. This paper shows that between 1916 and 1922, when Britain was granted a League of Nations mandate over the Southern Cameroons, the British had to contend seriously with pro-German sentiments. It also examines the measures adopted by the British administration to contain pro-German sentiments in the area. Attention is paid to British and French aims in Cameroon, the lack of confidence among Southern Cameroonians about the permanence of the British administration, the position of the chiefs, which deteriorated under the British, the high cost of living due to the war, but which Cameroonians interpreted as the result of bad British rule, the role of ex-German African mission teachers, the issue of forced labour, the British attitude towards religion, and the British system of indirect rule. Ref., sum.