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Title:Anglo-Liberian relations, 1905-1912
Author:Wyse, Akintola J.G.
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic terms:Liberia
Great Britain
Subjects:foreign policy
Abstract:This article seeks to put British policy in Liberia in the perspective of the changed diplomatic situation after 1904 and to explain why Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary (1905-1915), pursued the policy he did. Britain played a rather left-handed role of sheltering Liberia especially from the grasping hands of France. The study of this period illustrates how closely bound up African territorial problems were with the diplomacy of Europe. Three factors governed Anglo-Liberian relations in the early 20th century: the frontier question, British economic and commercial interests in Liberia, and French and German aspirations on Liberian territory on the one hand, and their interaction with the three Great Powers - Britain, Germany, and France - on the other. In the end it was the U.S.A. which was brought over to act as some counterweight to frustrate the ambitions of Germany and France, neither of whom for various reasons Grey and his staff wished to see acquire the black Republic. Notes.