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Between Empire and Continent

British Foreign Policy before the First World War

Andreas Rose
Translated from the German

688 pages, 1 illus., 4 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-578-5 $150.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2017)

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“Likely to invigorate the revisionist interpretation of British foreign policy before 1914… The focus suggested by the title… is where future research should find a fruitful starting point.” · The Journal of Modern History

“If Ranke actually held fast to his famous concept of the primacy of foreign policy, he might not have liked Rose's conclusions, but surely he would have approved the scholarship.” · The International History Review

“Meticulously researched and masterfully argued… Rose skillfully demonstrates that, driven by domestic concerns and by the strategic challenge posed primarily by France and Russia, rather than Germany, Britain embarked on a radical overhaul of its foreign affairs.” · Thomas Weber, University of Aberdeen

In the years leading up to the First World War, Great Britain sat at the center of global relations, and it applied its considerable diplomatic strength to break through the older alliances of European states. Historians have commonly interpreted these efforts as a reaction to Germany’s aggressive foreign policy, but as this groundbreaking political history demonstrates, Britain’s strategy instead arose from the complex interplay of national, continental and imperial considerations. Between Empire and Continent explores the intense political space that was prewar London, reconstructing the negotiations and disputes that drove British foreign policy while offering a persuasive new model for understanding the origins of the Great War.

Andreas Rose teaches Modern History at the University of Bonn. His research interests include the international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the history of Britain and Germany. His recent publications include Die Außenpolitik des Wilhelminischen Kaiserreichs, 1890–1918 (2013) and, as coeditor, The Wars before the Great War: Conflict and International Politics before the Outbreak of the Great War (2015).

Series: Volume 5, Studies in British and Imperial History
Subject: 20th Century History WWI History
Area: Europe

BISAC: HIS027090 HISTORY/Military/World War I; HIS015070 HISTORY/Europe/Great Britain/20th Century; POL011010 POLITICAL SCIENCE/International Relations/Diplomacy

BIC: HBWN First World War; HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000


List of Tables and Illustrations


Chapter 1. The Public Sphere in Edwardian London
Chapter 2. The Policy of Drift?: Balance of Power, Concert of Europe, or Political Power Blocks?
Chapter 3. Safety First – The Politics of Defence and the Realities behind Diplomacy
Chapter 4. Imperial Defence or Continental Commitment?
Chapter 5. Foreign Policy under Lansdowne and Balfour
Chapter 6. The Myth of Continuity – Foreign Policy under Edward Grey
Chapter 7. The Committee of Four – The German Peril Revisited
Chapter 8. At the Cost of Stability – The Anglo-Russian Convention and its European Implications
Chapter 9. ‘More Russian than the Russians’?: British Balkan Diplomacy and the Annexation of Bosnia 1908/9

Conclusion and Perspectives


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