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Title: Britain's Search for Chinese Cooperation in the First World War.
Author: Jones, A. P.
ISNI:       0000 0001 1468 8860
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 1977
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Despite grove internal problems and a proclaimed neutrality, China Was directly dram into the First World War. This thesis examines the impact of the war on China and Britain's position there. China's involvement was largely determined by the extensive foreign influence in the country, and China, t s break with Germany was finally encountered by the allies, including Japan. Britain worked to man_imise Chinese cooperation in the war, to eliminate Germany from the Par cast and to draw on China's resources of men and raw materials. British efforts, however, were limited by wartime experencies end consequent foreign policy priorities. War in Europe left Japer dominant in the Far East and eager to expand her power in China. " For Britain the war affirmed the vital importance of the . Anglo-Japanese alliance. Like the United States, Britain aimed to uphold-Chinese intearity and independence, but this policy was limited by the commitment to Japan, the de : ire to uphold exi , tir. ý7 British privileges in China end the drive to exploit Chinese resources for the war effort. The thesis traces developments in China : from 1914 to 1913. The allies lern, by J4p, n first too; military action in Chinese territory n gins Gear~lýr'y. ' sf or-br^ is at Tsinü i; no- In 1915 Japan confronted China with her 'Ti,,, ty Ono- Dcr1;,n, ds', Later the Chinese President l-xinched o, monrrchiom. 1 r ovc:.:° , at an.' " in I ov ,:ä. cr ýc o "ýrýc, to _t r ;' .e? -max on Ll. ^ side. Japan opposed both thctie schemes. In 1916, rival warlords stru, - led for Power in China and civil wer beg=an in 1917. By then France and Britain had bunched a major scheme to recruit Chinese labourers for non-combatant service in France. Follot"rinc; an American invitation, China moved a.,; ainst Germany and entered the wax under Anglo-Japanese. guidance on 14 August 1917. Various schemes for Chinats greater participation in the wex were checked. by internal disorder end international rivalries, but China provided materials and the mercenary, Chinese Labour Corps end helped to contain Bolshevism in Siberia and in the removal of German subjects and their trade from China.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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