Britain and the Origins of the First World War by Zara Steiner, Keith Neilson

By Zara Steiner, Keith Neilson

How and why did Britain get entangled within the First international warfare? taking into consideration the scholarship of the final twenty-five years, this moment variation of Zara S. Steiner's vintage examine, completely revised with Keith Neilson, explores a subject matter that's as hugely contentious as ever.

While maintaining the fundamental argument that Britain went to struggle in 1914 now not due to inner pressures yet as a reaction to exterior occasions, Steiner and Neilson reject fresh arguments that Britain grew to become concerned due to fears of an 'invented' German risk, or to shield her Empire. in its place, putting better emphasis than sooner than at the position of Russia, the authors convincingly argue that Britain entered the warfare that allows you to defend the ecu stability of strength and the nation's beneficial place inside of it.

Lucid and complete, Britain and the Origins of the 1st international War brings jointly the bureaucratic, diplomatic, monetary, strategical and ideological elements that resulted in Britain's access into the nice conflict, and continues to be the main entire survey of the pre-war scenario.

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As a result, the French in Constantinople were less than anxious to support British moves to block the building of new lines. In 1907, new talks were opened in Berlin to underwrite an extension of the railroad. The conclusion ofa Franco-German agreement over Morocco in February 1909 gave substance to British fears that France put her commercial interests above her loyalty to the Entente. Clemenceau's resignation in July 1909 and the continued failure to develop a joint policy in Turkey left officials uneasy about the future.

When the Cabinet was finally informed of the discussions in 191 I, Grey's qualifications were accepted as being a sufficient safeguard for Britain's ultimate independence. Quite apart from the question of how far the diplomats and politicians understood the consequences of such technical procedures, talks which Grey compared to conversations between the London Fire Department and the Metropolitan Water 44 BRITAIN & ORI'GINS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR Works, it is clear that some of the flexibility of Britain's pre-lg05 position had been compromised.

Lord Cromer sensed the more far-reaching meaning of the French settlement, as did the Foreign Office and service ministries. Lansdowne, with his mind still centred on imperial considerations, never fully understood the consequences of his own diplomacy. THE FIRST MOROCCAN CRISIS, 1905 This was the state of affairs when the Kaiser, anxious for a diplomatic success, descended on Tangier on 31 March Ig05. The reasons for his action lay in the nation's domestic malaise as well as in its deteriorating international position but proved to be disastrous in both respects.

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