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The China QuestionGreat Power Rivalry and British Isolation, 1894-1905$
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T. G. Otte

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211098.001.0001

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‘Cross‐currents’: The International Politics of Post‐Boxer China, 1900–1

‘Cross‐currents’: The International Politics of Post‐Boxer China, 1900–1

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The China Question

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The apparent implosion of all central authority in China in the aftermath of the Boxer Uprising led to a renewed Russian expansionist drive in the northern provinces of the Chinese Empire. The resulting Manchurian crisis, triggered by Russian attempts to establish a protectorate there under the guise of the Ts'êng–Alekse'ev agreement, marked the nadir of Anglo–Russian relations. It threatened to escalate into a regional war. That a conflict was averted owed much to Lord Lansdowne's brinkmanship. But the full significance of the crisis went beyond the region. It threw into sharper relief the nature of Britain's relations with Germany and Japan, and so highlighted the ongoing problems of isolation. This chapter concludes with a re-interpretation of the failed Anglo–German alliance talks in the spring of 1901.

Keywords:   Anglo–German alliance, Anglo–Russian relations, isolation, Lansdowne, Manchuria, Manchurian crisis, Ts'êng–Alekse'ev agreement

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