By Gordon Martel

ISBN-10: 1405125748

ISBN-13: 9781405125741

A finished assessment of an important foreign occasions, hobbies, and controversies of the 20 th century.

• Written via unique students, each one an expert of their box
• Explores influential, underlying issues equivalent to imperialism, nationalism, internationalism, technological advancements, and alterations in diplomatic tools
• Addresses a large variety of subject matters, together with international relations of wartime and peacemaking, the chilly struggle period and the "new global order", the tip of ecu empires, the increase of nationalism within the 3rd global, globalization, and terrorism
• Chronological association makes the quantity simply available
• contains precious courses for additional analyzing and research

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And fi nally there were the “dependent” colonies, those which were administered as colonies under the authority of the Crown or as protectorates. These multiple imperial systems were to have varied effects upon the international systems of the twentieth century. Loss of Equilibrium in the International Imperial Order But the developments of the turn of the twentieth century failed to consolidate the imperial order. Major instabilities were now becoming apparent in the international system. The British, who had generally overcome challenges to their authority in the previous century, were beginning to show signs of weakness.

Third, Russian continental power reaching out to the Far East had caused alarm with regard to the commerce and “treaty ports” of western Europeans in China. In these ports, Europeans enjoyed “extraterritoriality,” the right to run their commercial enclaves according to their own laws. But the Russian threat had been removed by the growing power of the Japanese. The RussoJapanese War of 1904–5 had been concluded by Japanese victories, notably in the naval Battle of Tsushima in 1905, which the Japanese Admiral Togo had regarded as the equivalent of Trafalgar one hundred years earlier.

It was apparent, for example, that Britain could no longer maintain the necessary naval and military presence in the Far East. The British had been intrigued by the rise of Japan, a state made up of an archipelago of islands with a hostile continental power nearby. The parallels with Britain itself, not least because the Japanese were adopting British engineering and technological expertise, as well as modeling their rapidly expanding navy on the Royal Navy, were much discussed in the period. Moreover, the Japanese emergence as an imperial power whetted its ambitions for further acquisitions.

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