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Cameroon's Tycoon : Max Esser's Expedition and its Consequences - E.M. Chilver

Cameroon's Tycoon

Max Esser's Expedition and its Consequences

By: E.M. Chilver (Editor), Ute Roschenthaler (Editor)

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Max Esser was an adventurous young merchant banker, a Rhinelander, who became the first managing director of the largest German plantation company in Cameroon. This volume gives a vivid account of the antecedents and early stages as experienced and described by Esser. In 1896 he ventured, with the explorer Zintgraff, into the hinterland to seek the agreement of Zintgraff's old ally, the ruler of Bali, for the provision of laborers for his projected enterprise. The consequences, many optimistically unforeseen, are illustrated with the help of contemporary materials. Esser's account is preceded by a look at his and his family's connections, added to by an account of newspaper campaigns against him, and completed by an examination of his Cameroon collection, which he gave to the Linden Museum in Stuttgart.

Industry Reviews

"While the volume is best suited for specialists of Cameroon, its coverage of economics, gender, ethnography and racial stereotyping also recommends the book to anyone interested in the multiple dimensions of European-African encounters. It would make a splendid assigned reading for courses on European colonialism generally and German imperialist ventures in particular." - H-Net

"[This book] is undeniably a historical of the first order and, with annotated notes on actors and contemporaries, also a rich bibliographic resource." - Cahiers d'�tudes africaines

"The central importance of Esser's book is that it provides a contemporary account of the first stages of the development of major plantaions in Cameroon and in particular the emergence of a migrant labour force ... In a context where primary texts are often scanty and elusive, [this book] will be an enormously rich source for those with a whole range of interests." - African Affairs

"The editors have assembled an admirable brief on Esser ... Any student of Cameroonian and German colonial history will be grateful to come upon this useful ... meticulously researched, elegantly written volume." - International Journal of African Historical Studies

List of Maps and Illustrations
Editorial Note
The Setting, Public and Private
Max Esser: His Life and Laboursp. 3
Key to Family Photographsp. 28
Esser's Travels
The Outward Voyagep. 31
Sao Thome and Principep. 35
Cameroon - the Historical Backgroundp. 43
Land and People in Cameroonp. 49
In Cameroonp. 57
The Expedition to Balip. 65
Departure from Cameroonp. 113
Angola, and the Cunene Expeditionp. 117
A Retrospective Viewp. 125
Colonial Needs and their Consequences: the Viewpoints of some Contemporary Observers
The 'Bali Road' and Baliburg in the Autumn of 1892: a Report on a Visit: Max von Stettenp. 133
A Complication: the Entry of the Gesellschaft Nordwest Kamerun, 1901-1903: Esser's Correspondencep. 141
A Parliamentary Visitation: Johannes Semler's Togo und Kamerun: Eindrucke und Momentaryfuahmen vou einem dentschen Abgeordneten, Leipzig, 1905p. 147
A Soldier's View of the Tasks of the Bamenda Military Station 1908: Hptm. Menzelp. 153
Labour Supply: a Shift of Modalities, 1913: Hptm. Adametzp. 159
The 'Esser Affair'p. 165
The 'Fetishes' and the Esser Collection at the Linden Museump. 171
Mapsp. 185
Select Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 201
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781571819888
ISBN-10: 1571819886
Series: Cameroon Studies, 3
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st November 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41