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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Berlin West Africa Conference (1884–85)

Antony Anghie

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 August 2019

Colonization / Decolonization — Indigenous peoples — 1815 to World War I — Territory, acquisition and transfer — Foreign relations law

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The intensifying competition between European States intent on acquiring territory in Africa in the late 19 th century resulted in increasing friction within Europe ( Colonialism ). The Berlin West Africa Conference 1884–1885 (‘Conference’) was convened by Chancellor Bismarck of Germany for the purpose of addressing the political, diplomatic, and legal issues that resulted from this Scramble for Africa , a scramble which involved not only States but various powerful commercial interests such as the British East Africa Company ( Conferences and Congresses,...
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