Ever since the International Cartographic Conference 2003 in Durban (South Africa), the interest in researching the colonial surveying and mapping/charting activities of the colonial powers in the 19th century has been increasing.
Therefore I decided to publish the text of my doctoral thesis in English, too, so that the results of my studies can flow into this international effort that aims at throwing a light on the history of cartography:
1. Introduction/Objectives 2. Development of the German Protectorates / Colonies 3. Political General Conditions 4. Organisational, Technical and Financial General Conditions 5. Expedition Cartography 6. Official Colonial Cartography 6.1 Cartographic Mapping of the Protectorates by the Colonial Administration (Togo, Deutsch-Ostafrika, Kamerun, Deutsch-Südwestafrika, Neuguinea,Samoa) 6.2 Surveying / Mapping of Deutsch-Südwestafrika by the Königlich Preußische Landesaufnahme (1904-1914) 6.3 Specialist Tasks of the Kaiserliche Marine in the Colonial Era (incl. Kiautschou- Gebiet) 6.4 Contributions by Colonial Societies, Scientific Institutions, and Individuals to Official Colonial Cartography 7. Involvement of Private Cartography in Colonial Tasks 8. International Projects for the Measurement of the Figure of the Earth in the Colonial Territories 9. Loss of the Colonies and Repercussions Summary