Cameroon's Tycoon: Max Esser's Expedition and its Consequences

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E.M. Chilver, Ute Röschenthaler
Berghahn Books, 1 déc. 2001 - 224 pages
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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.

 

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Table des matières

His Life and Labours
3
PART II Essers Travels
29
2 The Outward Voyage
31
3 Sao Thomé and Principe
35
4 Cameroon the Historical Background
43
5 Land and People in Cameroon
49
6 In Cameroon
57
7 The Expedition to Bali
65
the Viewpoints of some Contemporary Observers
131
a Report on a VisitMax von Stetten
133
the Entry of the Gesellschaft Nordwest Kamerun19011903 Essers Correspondence
141
Johannes Semlers Togo und Kamerun Eindrücke und Momentaufnahmen von einem deutschen Abgeordneten Leipzig1905
147
Hptm Menzel
153
a Shift of Modalities1913 Hptm Adametz
159
APPENDIX I
165
APPENDIX II
171

8 Departure from Cameroon
113
9 Angola and the Cunene Expedition
117
10 A Retrospective View
125

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E.M. Chilver (1914-2014) was well known for her joint work with Phyllis Kaberry in Cameroon. Her last university post was as Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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