Due to economic growth Germany developed into a major power. German emperor Wilhelm II expressed imperialistic intentions at his inauguration and strived for a "place by the sun" for Germany. Wilhelm wanted to turn Germany in to an imperial power by acquiring colonies in Africa.
The wish to turn Germany into a major power expressed by Wilhelm II, subsequently led to the outbreak of the first World War. The countries in Africa that Germany imperialized were the Cameroons, German South-West Africa, and New Guinea. They did this because their example of how to be a country came from France and Britain, who both had empires in Africa.The rule by Bismarck in the Cameroons, German South-west Africa, and New Guinea all were indirect rule. Bismarck sent soldiers and officers to the places in Africa and ordered them to administer, make laws for the annexed land, and rule the territories/colonies. Though Bismarck also established protectorates, even though it upset the balance of Europe. One of the rules Bismarck wanted to be followed was that private money should be used rather then public money and taxes to develop the colonies.Germany expanded its influence, and was able to imperialize Africa, something that France and Britain did not see coming.
In the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, the victorious powers (the United States, Great Britain, France, and other allied states) imposed punitive territorial, military, and economic provisions on defeated Germany.Outside Europe, Germany lost all its colonies. In sum, Germany forfeited 13 percent of its European territory (more than 27,000 square miles) and one-tenth of its population (between 6.5 and 7 million people).