Britain's Splendid Isolation

Imperial Europe

Europe 1898.0919

Britain's Splendid Isolation

Imperial Europe (19 September 1898)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

At the close of the Nineteenth Century, Great Britain was still Europe's foremost power but was facing ever greater competition from the other nations as its lead in industrialization was eroded. The United States had already overtaken Britain economically and was now asserting itself in the Pacific and Caribbean, while recent German industrial and population growth had turned it into the most powerful nation on the continent. However Britain's vast empire meant its most frequent disputes were with France and Russia, its biggest competitors in Africa and Asia.

Main Events

First Sino-Japanese War

Great Powers land troops in Crete

Spanish-American War

Fashoda Incident

Standoff between Britain and France in the Sudan

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