Naar een groter Belgisch-Congo? De onderhandelingen over de toekomst van Duits Oost-Afrika op de Parijse vredesconferentie, januari-juni 1919



Among the various issues down for consideration at the Paris Peace
Conference (January-June 1919) was the destiny of the former German
colonies. Belgium held part of German East Africa under military occupation
in order to enforce its bargaining power. The ultimate goal was
an enlargement at the Western border of the Congo colony, but at the
close of the conference the region Ruanda-Urundi at the Eastern border
was mandated to Belgium by the League of Nations. This article considers
how this peculiar transaction was concluded with one key question:
why did Belgium finally administer as a mandate a territory that it never