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Environments of EmpireNetworks and Agents of Ecological Change$
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Ulrike Kirchberger and Brett M. Bennett

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655932

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655932.001.0001

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Securing Resources for the Industries of Wilhelmine Germany

Securing Resources for the Industries of Wilhelmine Germany

Tropical Agriculture and Phytopathology in Cameroon and Togo, 1884–1914

(p.39) Securing Resources for the Industries of Wilhelmine Germany
Environments of Empire

Samuel Eleazar Wendt

University of North Carolina Press

The chapter deals with the making of a plantation economy in the German colonies in West Africa, 1884-1914. It focuses on the contributions of German botanists like, for example, Walter Busse, and examines the transimperial networks of scientific exchange they were involved in. Furthermore, the chapter deals with the unintended consequences of the cultivation of “cash crops” like cotton and rubber in German Togo and Cameroon. It analyzes how the German scientists established the discipline of phytopathology to fight the germs, bacteria and insects that damaged the plants important for colonial agriculture.

Keywords:   Phytopathology, Pathogens, Walter Busse, Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft, Kolonial-Wirtschaftliches Komitee, Samuel Eleazar Wendt

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