By Graham Goodlad
British overseas and Imperial coverage explores Britains position in overseas Affairs from the age of Gladstone and Disraeli to the top of the 1st global struggle, exploring such issues as Britain's involvement within the Scramble for Africa, the Anglo-Boer warfare, the overseas coverage of Lord Salisbury and the clients for Britain and the Empire on the finish of the 1st global warfare.
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His stubborn opposition to the ‘militarism’ of the 1894 naval estimates represented an important thread of continuity with his earlier career. He was as reluctant to annex Uganda in 1893 as he had been to sanction increased commitments in the Gold Coast twenty years earlier. Yet executive responsibility frequently compelled him to adopt policies very different from the positions he had taken while in opposition. 21 In 1882, facing a combination of domestic political pressures, strategic needs and economic considerations, he would himself fulfil that prophecy.
From start to finish the partition of tropical Africa was driven by the persistent crisis in Egypt. ’12 Robinson and Gallagher’s thesis remains the most powerful challenge to the older economic interpretations of the scramble. It offers a plausible explanation of the British government’s readiness in the late 1880s to interest itself in the commercially unpromising regions of East Africa. According to Robinson and Gallagher, economic development was ‘more a consequence than a motive of the “Scramble”.
In East Africa British influence rested upon a commercial treaty with the Sultan of Zanzibar, an Arab potentate whose coastal domains occupied an important position on the trade route to India. Before the 1880s British involvement in the interior was minimal. Business interests had penetrated more extensively in West Africa. Here Britain possessed a handful of commercial territories between Gambia and the delta of the River Niger. Britain relied for the most part upon a network of relationships with local chieftains; outright annexations, such as that of Lagos in 1861, were exceptional.
British Foreign and Imperial Policy, 1865-1919 (Questions and Analysis in History) by Graham Goodlad