British Foreign Policy and European Relations 1980-1939 Timeline

A timeline of the key events, split into smaller periods to make it easier to use for essay writing. Also included all the possible topics I could think of which may come up in the exam. 
If you can think of any more, let me know! Thank you :) 

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Key Question Notes:

PESMF ­ Political Economic Social Military Foreign Policy

MUST cover whole 100 year period

Possible Exam Questions:
"To what extend was __________________ The main influence on Britain's
relationship with Europe, between 1880-1980?'
Could be:

Relationship with/Fear of Germany
Preserving the Balance of Power
Protecting the Empire

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1898: German Naval Race begins

1895-1902: Government spending increased by 50%. Half of this was being
spent on the armed forces

1899-1902: Boer War highlights British weakness ­ took 3 years to win a war
against farmers


1902: Anglo-Japanese alliance - reduces naval overstretch. This was a
defensive, not…

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1920/21: Washington Naval Agreement

1923: French occupy Ruhr

1924: Dawes plan

1925: Locarno Treaty

1926: Germany joins League of Nations

1928: Kellogg-Briand pact renounced war ­ 65 nations signed it, outlawing war

1929: Young Plan ­ Germany's reparations reduced by one third. It was agreed
Foreign Troops would leave Germany…


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