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

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By Zara Steiner, Keith Neilson

How and why did Britain get entangled within the First global conflict? taking into consideration the scholarship of the final twenty-five years, this moment version of Zara S. Steiner's vintage learn, completely revised with Keith Neilson, explores a topic that is as hugely contentious as ever.

While preserving the elemental argument that Britain went to warfare in 1914 now not due to inner pressures yet as a reaction to exterior occasions, Steiner and Neilson reject fresh arguments that Britain turned concerned due to fears of an 'invented' German risk, or to safeguard her Empire. as a substitute, putting larger emphasis than sooner than at the position of Russia, the authors convincingly argue that Britain entered the conflict that allows you to defend the eu stability of strength and the nation's beneficial place inside of it.

Lucid and complete, Britain and the Origins of the 1st global War brings jointly the bureaucratic, diplomatic, monetary, strategical and ideological components that ended in Britain's access into the nice warfare, and is still the main whole survey of the pre-war scenario.

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Lansdowne refused to acknowledge such a commitment; he was willing to go to war with Germany only in 'certain eventualities' 34 BRITAIN &: ORIGINS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR where British interests were clearly threatened . Yet his offer of strong support for France had tightened the Entente and Britain had moved decisively in the French direction. The crisis which continued throughout the summer and autumn of 1905 accelerated the change in Britain's strategic thinking. Admiral Fisher, in one of his wilder moments, was all for having the 'German fleet, the Kiel Canal and Schleswig - Holstein within a fortnight'.

While demanding larger sums, the Admiralty looked for ways to reduce its oceanic responsibilities: Selborne welcomed the settlement with the United States and convinced the Cabinet of the naval necessity of an alliance with Japan. It was at this juncture that the German fleet made its entry. The British had been slow to recognise the import of the German naval bills of 18g8 and 1goo. It was only in 1901 that it was generally recognised at the Admiralty that this new fleet could prove a direct threat to British security.

He was undoubtedly more popular among the Tories than among his own back-benchers but for the most part he was thought of as a statesman rather than a politician. Moreover, by insisting on the continuity of British foreign policy and stressing its national rather than its partisan character, Grey was able to undermine and isolate his own back-bench critics. For Grey was the embodiment of continuity. His pedigree was unimpeachable; good family and inherited wealth were still the obvious prerequisites for a foreign secretary.

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