Tangier Crisis

Imperial Europe

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Tangier Crisis

Imperial Europe (31 March 1906)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

Germany viewed the Entente Cordiale as a threat and tried to exploit the tensions caused by the war between Russia and Japan to undermine it. However when the German Kaiser decided to openly support the Sultan of Morocco against the French, most of the other powers sided with France and he was forced to back down. As a compromise solution, the Algeciras Conference was called, affirming both Moroccan independence and French influence in Morocco.

Main Events

Dogger Bank Incident

1905 Russian Revolution

On Sunday, 22 January (later known as Bloody Sunday), troops guarding the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, Russian Empire, open fire on the demonstrators attempting to deliver a petition to Tsar Nicholas II, causing hundreds of deaths. The event inspires strikes and protests across the Empire, bringing the Russian economy to its knees. On 30 October the Tsar agrees to grant reforms and the revolution slowly winds down, although revolts continue into December.

Tangier Crisis begins

Kaiser Wilhelm II visits Tangier, proclaiming support for the soveeignty of the Sultan of Morocco and initiating the First Moroccan Crisis

Norwegian independence

In response to growing dissatisfaction over Swedish rule, the Norwegian Storting (parliament) voted unanimously to dissolve Norway's union with Sweden. The act was ratified by a plebiscite on 13 August. After initial hesitation, Sweden formally recognized Norway's independence on 26 October when King Oscar II of Sweden renounced his claim to the Norwegian throne.

Treaty of Björkö signed by Germany and Russia in an attempt to renew a Russo-German alliance

Algeciras Conference

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