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

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Berghahn Books, 2001 - 204 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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His Life and Labours
3
The Outward Voyage
31
Cameroon the Historical Background
43
Land and People in Cameroon
49
In Cameroon
57
The Expedition to Bali
65
Departure from Cameroon
113
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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