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With the rest of Europe being controlled in a complex string of alliances and treaties during the later half of the 19th century Britain remained uninvolved Their policy of Splendid Isolation was to keep themselves out of the quarrels and disputes of continental Europe and allow them to focus on their overseas empire With the crowing of a new Kaiser in Germany and the interest of other nations to hold overseas colonies Britains colonial empire was under attack Their interest to focus on their vast empire would eventually lead them into disputes with other European nations It would ultimately be their reason of going into isolation that would end it In 1888 Kaiser William II ascended unto the German throne William II was filled with a sense of Germanys destiny as the leading power in EuropeKagan Ozment Turner The Western Heritage 2nd Ed William longed to achieve recognition from the rest of the world that Germany was as great if not greater the Great Britain He believed the only way to achieve a place under the sun Kagan Ozment Turner The Western Heritage 2nd Ed was to build a navy and establish colonies like Britain Thus began William IIs commitment to colonial and commercial expansion The German commercial rivalry with Great Britain not only brought direct trouble but nourished German desire for sea power and a large navy The Baghdad Railway was a venture from German businessmen to create a railway from Turkey to Baghdad The British who feared German influence too close to the Suez Canal and India opposed greatly to the idea The Suez Canal was an important waterway to India If the oncoming Germans disrupted the usage of the canal then Britains ability to transport to and from India would be disrupted by having to go around the tip of Africa Even worse if the Suez Canal were to fall under German hands then Britain might have to pay taxes to
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