International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The French Intelligence Activities in the British Southern Cameroon: An Unveiled Side of Colonial Rivalries.
Saliou ABBA

This paper strives to contribute to an undeveloped face of a colonial era, highlighted by discrete confrontations between two major European powers, France and Great Britain, in the post Great War period in Africa. Military intelligence operations led by French colonial authorities in the British Southern Cameroons territory were considered as outcomes of this crisis. Analysis of available sources such as military reports from the Archives, books and papers related to this context confirmed the hypothesis that says French spying activities were a continuum of exacerbated colonial rivalries; the main objective was to control the totality of the former German protectorate whose geostrategic stakes were relevant.

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