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German Policy And The Russo-Japanese War

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The outbreak of war in February 1904, with Japan's attack on the Russian fleet in Port Arthur and the subsequent landing of a large invasion force, meant the fulfilment of Germany's wishes since a rapprochement with Russia to overcome Germany's isolation seemed possible, despite the existence of the Russo-French alliance. The main reason for President Roosevelt's interest in a peace was the fear that Japan would become too powerful in the Pacific and East Asia as could be imagined after the decisive victory of Mukden on 10 March 1905. The positive result of the Russo-Japanese War for Germany was that Russia was so much weakened that she could not consider military action in Europe for the near future. At the end of the war, Germany resisted the temptation to fight a preventive war against isolated France for which the Morocco crisis could have served as pretext.

Keywords: German policy; President Roosevelt; Russo-French alliance; Russo-Japanese War



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