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Title:The Quest for East African Neutrality in 1914
Author:Forster, Kent
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:World War I
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/523427
Abstract:At the beginning of the World War I, the British cabinet decided to seize all of Germany's overseas possessions. Since the principal German territories were in Africa, it was there that the major impact of Whitehall's action would be felt. Togo, Cameroun, German Southwest Africa were soon under Allied control. East Africa, however, became the scene of a very different wartime experience. Here military operations continued throughout the course of World War I with the German commander Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. What was not recounted was the quest at the beginning of the conflict by both British and Germans in East Africa to avoid hostilities through some kind of nonbelligerency, if not outright neutrality. This paper investigates this quest in detail and indicates which forces, motivations, reasons were behind it, both in the metropolitan European countries engaged in the war and in their dependencies in Africa, especially East Africa. Ref., notes.