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Explain why Britain formed an alliance with France in 1904

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Explain why Britain formed an alliance with France in 1904 (24) "Splendid Isolation" is the expression that was used to describe Britain's state in foreign policy from 1895-1900 under the Conservative party, which was led by Lord Salisbury. It was not that Britain deliberately refused to have anything to do with the rest of the world; Britain was isolated in the sense that Salisbury kept her aloof from binding alliances in case they committed her to military action, in which case she wouldn't be restricted by any kind of contract. ...read more.

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Though the French resented British colonial power, they did not want a war with Britain; which was becoming more likely due to the changing circumstances in the Far East. Both Britain and France were alarmed by the growing danger of war between Japan and Russia. If there was a confrontation between Russia and Japan, the Russians would expect help from France which in turn would provoke British help for Japan. Both countries worked hard to improve relation. On the British side it was Chamberlain who made the fist move; his motive was to solve the colonial squabbles. ...read more.

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* France gave up her claim to the Newfoundland coast in exchange for land in Gambia (West Africa). Agreement was reached in disputes over Siam, Madagascar and the New Hebrides. The results of the Entente had the desired effect or limiting the Russo-Japanese War. However the Kaiser soon began to view it as an anti-German move and announced that Germany also had interests in Morocco. Over the next few years German attitude pushed Britain into a closer commitment to France and the next move was to be a similar agreement with France's ally Russia in 1907. (Triple Entente) ...read more.

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