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Title:Liquor Traffic in Africa under the League of Nations, 1919-1945: French Togo as an Example
Author:Lasisi, Rashid O.
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Togo
mercantile history
international trade
alcoholic beverages
History and Exploration
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Liquor traffic was an important issue in Afro-European relations between 1884 and the end of World War II. This period can be divided into two phases: from 1884 to 1918, and from 1919 to 1945. The League of Nations sustained interest in the trade during the latter phase. The League, in pursuance of the objective of promoting the well-being of Africans under its mandates system, decided to control the liquor traffic in the mandated territories. However, this was hampered most fundamentally by France's determination to promote the export of its own liquor. The Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations could not effectively check France and the European companies operating in Togo, because its members were conscious of the importance of the liquor trade for the economy of France and other European countries. The consequence was that importation of different types of liquor into French Togo increased three-fold between 1922 and 1939. The League of Nations thus failed to check the importation and consumption of liquor in the mandated territory of Togo and in neigbouring African colonies. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.