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Title:The Anglo-French 'Condominium' in Cameroon, 1914-1916: The Myth and the Reality
Author:Elango, Lovett Z.
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Kamerun
World War I
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/218801
Abstract:When Britain and France embarked upon the joint conquest of the German colonies of Togoland and Kamerun at the outbreak of World War I, they seemed to have shelved, at least for the time being, the colonial rivalries which had often troubled their relations before the war. Their joint conquest of Togoland in August 1914 might have enabled them not only to conquer but also to rule those territories jointly during and after the war. But, no sooner had the allied operations in Kamerun begun than the old rivalries resurfaced. Different ambitions gave birth to the strained Anglo-French relations during the campaign. The strain did not prevent the two allies from conquering the territory, but it did reveal rather starkly the imperialist motives of the campaign. The war merely provided Britain and France a pretext for further colonial conquest and annexation. That they tried to disguise this fact when, early in the campaign they agreed to establish a Condominium over the territories of Kamerun did not make it any less so. This study shows that the projected Condominium nevar materialized because of the clashing territorial ambitions and claims of the two allies. Notes.