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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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The Mirage of Alliances: British Isolation and the Far East, 1901–5

The Mirage of Alliances: British Isolation and the Far East, 1901–5

(p.269) 6 The Mirage of Alliances: British Isolation and the Far East, 1901–5
The China Question

T. G. Otte (Contributor Webpage)

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The Manchurian crisis ended in a sudden anti-climax. Its underlying tensions, however, had not been resolved. British policy now came to focus on the option of an Anglo-Japanese combination as the only remaining diplomatic solution to British strategic problems in the Far East. This chapter re-examines the diplomatic, naval, and financial factors that played a role in the conclusion of Lansdowne's Anglo–Japanese alliance of 1902. It is shown that policy–makers in London did not regard it as a departure from previous policy, but continued to think in terms of the precepts of isolation. During the Russo–Japanese War, senior minister did not regard it as an unequivocal commitment to Japan. Even after the renewal of the alliance in 1905, British policy continued to move along in a Salisburian groove.

Keywords:   Anglo–Japanese alliance 1902, Anglo–Japanese alliance 1905, isolation, Japan, Lansdowne, Russo–Japanese War, Salisbury

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