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Title:German Administration in Southern Togo
Author:Amenumey, D.E.K.
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic terms:German Togoland
Subjects:colonial administrators
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/179902
Abstract:Manfred Nussbaum has challenged the thesis that Togo was the Musterkolonie that showed Germany's capability of wise and liberal colonial rule. He posits that Togo's reputation as a 'model colony' was made, not because of any benevolent administration established in it, but because of its financial position. In Germany the self-supporting colony of Togo - largely as a result of the heavy taxes and customs duties raised locally - was held up as an example to be followed by other colonies. In this way was the legend of the model colony created. It was only with regard to its economic viability that Togo differed from the other German colonies. In all other respects it experienced the same kind of rule. The purpose of this paper is to examine the nature of the administration that was established in Togo and to see if there is any substance in Nussbaum's claim. Ref.