The Germans and Japanese
Germany emerged as an industrial empire in the late 19th cent., but found the colonies of other powers closed to German products and, therefore, embarked upon its own colonial adventures. Japan, also recently industrialized, followed the same path. These ambitions helped to bring on World Wars I and II. Germany was stripped of its colonies after the first conflict; Japan lost its colonies after the second.
Sections in this article:
- Early Colonization
- The Portuguese and Spanish
- The English, Dutch, and French
- The Germans and Japanese
- Decline of Colonization
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