© 1979

The Diplomacy of Partition

Britain, France and the Creation of Nigeria, 1890–1898

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Part of the Studies in Contemporary History book series (SICH, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Claire Hirshfield
    Pages 1-2
  3. Claire Hirshfield
    Pages 3-30
  4. Claire Hirshfield
    Pages 31-94
  5. Claire Hirshfield
    Pages 95-150
  6. Claire Hirshfield
    Pages 151-201
  7. Claire Hirshfield
    Pages 202-218
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 219-227

About this book


In the spring of the year 1898 the long rivalry of Britain and France in West Africa reached a dangerous climax. The West African crisis was but one aspect of an extensive Anglo-French contest for colonial possessions which characterized the final decade of the nineteenth century. Competi­ tion for dominion went on relentlessly in the Nile Valley, along the banks of the Mekong in Southeast Asia, and within the territories of the Niger River Bend. The Upper Nile dispute dwarfed all others; and ultimately the inability of Britain and France to settle this question through diplo­ matic negotations was to lead to the confrontation at Fashoda. Simulta­ neously, however, a more obscure struggle was in process, namely the contest for possession of the thousand mile stretch of the Middle Niger. Aside from an infrequent flurry of diplomatic activity occasioned by the foray of an English or French officer into the little known realms of the Niger Bend, the protracted struggle for control of the river artery received scant notice. The Foreign Offices in both France and Britain traditionally regarded the region as one of secondary interest and tended to subordinate it to more pressing concerns. Even the eruption of a dan­ gerous crisis in West Africa in the spring of 1898 was somewhat over­ shadowed by the subsequent incident at Fashoda so that the earlier cli­ max appeared mainly a curtain raiser.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Diplomacy of Partition
  • Book Subtitle Britain, France and the Creation of Nigeria, 1890–1898
  • Authors C. Hirshfield
  • Series Title Studies in Contemporary History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-2099-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-9277-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9275-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 234
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History, general
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