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Title:Aid or Imperialism? West Germany in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors:Schulz, Brigitte
Hansen, William
Year:1984
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:22
Issue:2
Period:June
Pages:287-313
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Germany
Subjects:foreign policy
development cooperation
Economics and Trade
international relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160553
Abstract:The present study has been formulated from a theoretical perspective which sees the activities of the Bonn Government vis-a-vis Africa as those characteristic of an advanced capitalist state seeking to protect its own economic interests. The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) has often been accused of having very strong 'neo-colonial' or 'imperialists' interests in the Third World. Relying heavily on imported raw materials and with an industrial base strongly dependent on foreign markets, the FRG looks to the outside world for more of its internal well-being than any other advanced capitalist society, with the exception of Japan. The authors try to locate the forces which generate official relationships between Bonn and sub-Saharan Africa, arguing that they spring from the interests of West German capital rather than from any particular concern about the fate of the peoples of Africa themselves. Notes.
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