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By Arne Perras

Carl Peters (1856-1918) ranked between Germany's such a lot well-known imperialists within the 19th century. He grew to become referred to as the founding father of Deutsch-Ostafrika, a zone many Germans observed because the pearl in their in another country possessions, and his reminiscence used to be respected in Nazi Germany. This biography finds his function in Germany's colonial expansion.

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Peters to Elli, 29 Jan. 1883, FP 2, BAK. Peters’s phrase in a letter to his brother Hermann, 27 Oct. 1881, FP 2, BAK. Peters, ‘Deutschtum und Engländertum’, GS iii. 267. Ibid. 268. 24 Peters’s Early Years (Standesbewußtsein). ’ He saw himself above all as part of a community and only in the second place as ‘a single ego’. The same tendency could be discerned in German student life, with its fraternities. 74 Secondly, Peters claimed that the Englishman ‘has a practical nature to an outstanding degree’.

The available documents provide no evidence to support Olden’s version. Peters went back to London to settle his uncle’s last will. 69 ‘My dear sister, this is the end of our poverty’, Carl wrote to Elli. ’70 By this he meant that he had received his uncle’s entire literary assets. Peters estimated their value at between 4,000 and 32,000 marks. In addition his uncle had granted him 3,672 marks before his death in order to finance his future university career. This amount alone, Peters estimated, allowed him a comfortable life for two years.

33 Ibid. 34 Ibid. 332. 38 The Quest for East Africa colonization. On 28 March 1884 thirty people came to listen to what Peters had to say. It was his first speech on colonial policy. In contrast to the existing Kolonialverein, the new group called for the acquisition of a colony through private activities if the Reich was not willing to promote German colonization. The society was called the Gesellschaft für deutsche Kolonisation (GfdK), and Behr was appointed chairman, with Peters as deputy. 36 ‘The German nation has come away empty-handed from the partition of the earth as it has proceeded from the fifteenth century until now’, the pamphlet complained.

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