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The China Question: Great Power Rivalry and British Isolation, 1894-1905

T. G. Otte


Between 1894 and 1905 the question of the Chinese Empire's future development, its survival even, was the most pressing overseas problem facing the Great Powers. The China Question had the most profound implications for the Powers. Since China's defeat by Japan in 1894–5, the country's complete disintegration was widely anticipated. Fuelling imperial rivalries, a wider Great Power conflict in the event of China's implosion, seemed to be on the cards. At times, that prospect seemed very real. Crucially, the prospect of China's break-up and of large–scale international conflict in its wake alter ... More

Keywords: British foreign policy, Far East, Russo-Japanese War, Salisbury, Sino–Japanese War, splendid isolation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199211098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211098.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. G. Otte, author
Lecturer in Diplomatic History, University of East Anglia
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