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 global battle? making an allowance for the scholarship of the final twenty-five years, this moment variation of Zara S. Steiner's vintage research, completely revised with Keith Neilson, explores a topic that is as hugely contentious as ever.

While conserving the fundamental argument that Britain went to warfare in 1914 now not because of 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 guard her Empire. as a substitute, putting better emphasis than sooner than at the position of Russia, the authors convincingly argue that Britain entered the conflict that allows you to protect 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 components that ended in Britain's access into the nice conflict, and continues to be the main entire survey of the pre-war state of affairs.

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16 But Sanderson's was already a minority voice. At best, those in the Cabinet and Foreign Office not overtly hostile to Germany argued in favour of a tertius gaudens; a middle position between the Dual and Triple Alliance. The move away from Germany was not the result of any conscious decision on the British part but the consequence of uncontrollable shifts in the international scene. The new factor was the building of the German fleet, yet the full implications of the Tirpitz programme had not been understood when Britain began her drift towards France and Russia.

He was deeply impressed by the country's cultural, economic and military strength and by the efficient organisation of all the non-political sections of German life. But he feared that, by accident or design, Germany was destined to pursue a BRITAIN AND GERMANY 45 policy of expansion which would ultimately upset the prevailing disposition of forces and Britain's peaceful world position. The strength of Crowe's memorandum derives from its clarity and logic and from its deep understanding of past history and present danger.

At the time, it was assumed that this treaty represented a sharp departure in British policy. 1 2 Lansdowne admonished his fellow peers to forget old-fashioned superstitions as to the desirability of a policy of isolation. Britain had incurred an obligation to go to war which was conspicuously absent from agreements made in the post-18go period. Moreover, this new step had important strategic ramifications. The British and Japanese military and naval authorities were soon engaged in elaborating plans of action which could be put into effect when war came.

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