Should Morocco be independent?. Background. The year is 1905 Britain and France have signed the Entente Cordiale Germany is looking to build up its empire as part of itâ€™s policy of â€œ Weltpolitik â€
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Source J – Lloyd George’s speech at the Mansion House, published in The Times on 22nd July 1911. Lloyd George was then Chancellor of the Exchequer
Source K – The historian W.N. Medlicott writing in 1968
“The Second Moroccan Crisis ought to have been called the “Fez” crisis. The word “Agadir” shows how much unfavourable limelight the Germans attracted to themselves.”
“But if a situation were to be forced upon us in which peace could only be preserved by the surrender of the great position Britain has won by centuries of heroism and achievement, by allowing Britain to be treated where her interests were vitally affected as if she were of no account in the Cabinet of nations, then I say emphatically that peace at that price would be a humiliation intolerable for a great country like ours to endure.”
Read source J. What is Lloys George suggesting in this source?
What effect do you think source J would have on France and Germany?
How was the Entente Cordiale strengthened by the Agadir Crisis?
How was the Triple Alliance changed by the Agadir Crisis?
What is meant in source K by claiming that the crisis “ought to have been called the “Fez” crisis?
Why do you think it was called the Agadir Crisis?