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

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571813107
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Series: Cameroon Studies , #3
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ute Röschenthaler teaches at Frankfurt University.

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