‘Pandemonium let Loose’: The Outbreak of War 1914

  • Andrew Suttie


At the outbreak of war in August 1914, Lloyd George occupied the second place in the government. He had been Chancellor of the Exchequer for six years, and while he remained the most important ‘Radical’ member of the Cabinet, in the realm of foreign policy there was, at least from 1911, in reality little dividing him from his Liberal ‘Imperialist’ colleagues such as H.H. Asquith and Sir Edward Grey. Like them he was determined to maintain the strength of the Empire, convinced of the need for a strong navy to protect it, and aware of and determined to resist any German ambitions for dominance in Europe at the expense of Britain’s Entente partners. This was underlined in particular by his intervention in the Agadir crisis of 1911 and would be again by his eventual support for British entry into the war in August 1914.


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