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Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis is an attempt to answer the question of why British political leaders made the Anglo-Japanese Alliance of 1902. To answer this question, I have used primary sources such as government communications, newspaper articles, and articles from scholarly journals. Also, I have consulted the works of past historians to better understand the complex topic of the Anglo-Japanese alliance. This thesis is divided into three chapters. Chapter One explains the events that led up to the creation of the treaty between Britain and Japan and clarifies why this treaty was so unusual for the British Empire in the early 1900s. Chapter Two is a detailed investigation of how the alliance was actually written, focusing on the British politicians who were involved and their motivations. Chapter Three is a description of the events surrounding the end of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance which lasted from 1902-1922. By the end of this thesis, I hope you will have a better idea of what the Anglo-Japanese Alliance is and why the British leadership thought it was necessary for Britain.
Cornell, David, "By Other Means: The Political and Economic Motivations for the Formation of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance of 1902 in the United Kingdom" (2023). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 8834.
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