The Attempts of Joseph Chamberlain to Form an Anglo-German Alliance, 1898-1902
Tuller, Dale Ellen
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I first became interested in Chamberlain's alliance efforts when I began to consider the question: "If there had been an Anglo-German alliance, would the First World War have occurred?" My research began with the thesis that the obstruction of individuals--Salisbury, the Kaiser, etc.--was the main reason for the failure of Chamberlain's efforts. But I soon discovered that many of the assumptions of the Colonial Secretary were false, for there were fundamental historical and geographic obstacles to Anglo-German alliance.