Why did Britain abandon its policy of 'Splendid Isolation'?
What was 'Splendid Isolation'?
- It was a term coined in the Canadian parliament by George Foster, who said 'the great Mother Empire stands splendidly isolated in Europe'.
- It became synonymous with the foreign policy of Lord Salisbury between 1886 and 1902.
- It was Britain's policy of avoiding committing itself to specific alliances with other powers.
Why had Britain followed the policy of 'Splendid Isolation' in the past?
- She was keen to avoid foreign military alliances as she them as potential problems.
- Britian remained isolated from Europe in order to concentrate on expanding her navy and her empire.
- It was assumed that Britain was so powerful that alliances were unnecessary.
Why did Britain abandon the policy of 'Splendid Isolation'?
- Britain was concerned about the Far East, because the combined fleets of Russia and France (who had been allies since 1894) outnumbered British fleet's there and Russia's imperial ambitions…
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