The Conservative Party and Anglo-German Relations, 1905-14 provides the first ever major study examining of the views of the Conservative Party towards the key aspects of Anglo-German relations from 1905 to 1914. Drawing on a wide variety of original sources, Frank McDonough examines the Conservative response to the German threat in a number of key spheres of poltical activity: leadership, parliamentary debate, electioneering, pressure group activity and policy making. He argues that the response of the Conservative Party towards Germany, whether in connection with foreign policy, trade rivalry, the naval race and the conscription controversy showed a marked absence of open hostility towards Germany. Overall, this important new study provides a powerful and overdue corrective to the traditional depiction of the Conservative Party in opposition as ‘Scaremongers’ and the chief source of Germanophobic views among the British political parties.
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