The treaty of Helgoland-Zanzibar : the beginning of the end for the Anglo-German friendship?

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Title: The treaty of Helgoland-Zanzibar : the beginning of the end for the Anglo-German friendship?
Author: Yokell, Marshall A.
Abstract: In 1890, Germany and Great Britain concluded the Treaty of Helgoland-Zanzibar, which settled many of their numerous and complex colonial issues in Africa. The territorial exchange of British-held Helgoland and German-held Zanzibar, which was part of this agreement, had a major impact in its finalization. Indeed, without the Helgoland- Zanzibar swap, such a treaty most likely would never have occurred. Many hoped that the Helgoland-Zanzibar agreement would usher in a new era in Anglo-German friendship and, perhaps, lead to a formal alliance. Hence, during the 1880s, the seemingly unrelated questing of a North Sea island and imperialist jostling in East Africa played a significant role in Anglo-German relations. This thesis explores the reactions to the treaty before, during and after its negotiations and examines why an Anglo-Germany alliance never emerged following the treaty’s conclusion and what impact the settlement had upon the events leading to the outbreak of World War I.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10349/912
Date: 2010-06

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