Colonial map of africa 1914. Deutsches kolonialreich constituted the overseas colonies dependencies and territories of imperial germany. Britain had lost its thirteen colonies in america spain and portugal had lost most of south america and holland was having difficulties holding onto the east indies. The history of external colonisation of africa can be divided into two stages. In north south america the carribbean indochina africa india the pacific indian ocean and antarctica.
It might seem a little strange to understand that despite being on europes doorstep africa was the continent that with a few exceptions was pretty much left to last on the imperial check list. July 23 austrians present a humiliating ultimatum to the serbian government amounting to austrian intervention in serbias internal affairs. To gain a chronological understanding of the progression of wwi. The german colonial empire german.
The scramble for africa at the end of the 18th century colonialism seemed to have become a thing of the past. Berlin conference of 1884 1885 to divide africa. The following material is from the book geography. Europe before world war one 1914 although the community of european nations in the early 20th century still conformed in part to the boundaries established by the congress of vienna in 1815 it had undergone a number of changes in the intervening years the profoundest of which were most evident in the south western region of the continent.
Classical antiquity and european colonialism. De blij peter o. The scramble for africa or the race for africa was the proliferation of conflicting european claims to african territory during the new imperialism period between the 1880s and the start of world war i. The scramble for africa.