2BackgroundThe year is 1905Britain and France have signed the Entente CordialeGermany is looking to build up its empire as part of it’s policy of “Weltpolitik”Morocco is a country in north Africa that Britain and France had fallen out over in the past but the Entente Cordiale means that Britain will no longer challenge France’s power in northern AfricaGermany is upset that Britain and France are now friendly and also is jealous of Britain and France’s coloniesIn 1905 the Kaiser visited Morocco and challenged France’s right to control MoroccoThe Kaiser called for an international conference to be heldThis was the first Moroccan crisis…
3Task 1Your group represents one of the countries involved in the Moroccan crisisUsing the information on your sheet identify the aims of that country; whether they support Morocco being independent; what actions they take; why they take these actions; who these actions upset, if anyone; and why they would be upsetComplete the chart
4Background Pt.2In 1906 a conference was held in Algeciras in Southern SpainIt was attended by Germany, France, Britain, Austria-Hungary and MoroccoThis meeting was held to decide what the future for Morocco should beEach of the countries had to try an achieve their aims at the conference
5Task 2 You are now representing your country at the meeting You have to try and gain the best possible outcome for your countryMake sure you fully understand the aims of the other European countries fullyComplete the chart outlining the aims and alliances shown by the different countries
7Task 3 Now look at the possible outcomes of the conference As a group you have to decide on the most appropriate outcomeExplain why you have chosen that outcome
8Background Pt.3The first Moroccan crisis was resolved but in 1911 the people of Morocco rebel against their King (the Sultan)The Sultan asks the French Government for helpFrance sends in the armyGermany still wants to expand its empire and is looking for more coloniesThe Kaiser decides to help the rebels and sends a gunboat, the Panther, to the port of AgadirThis was the second Moroccan crisis…
9Task 4Representatives from your country meet once again to discuss the crisisUsing the information on your sheet identify the aims of that country; their position on the crisis; what actions they are prepared to take; why they wish to take these actions; who these actions upset, if anyone; and why they would be upsetComplete the chart for your country
10Tangier, 1905 Morocco Germany France Britain Austria-Hungary Do they support Moroccan independence?Allied with another country?What actions are they prepared to take?Who would these actions upset? Why?MoroccoGermanyFranceBritainAustria-Hungary
12Agadir, 1911 Morocco Germany France Britain Austria-Hungary Do they support Moroccan independence?Allied with another country?What actions are they prepared to take?Who would these actions upset? Why?MoroccoGermanyFranceBritainAustria-Hungary
19The First Moroccan Crisis of 1905 BACKGROUND:Background of tension & rivalry (esp. Imperialism - Kaiser Wilhelm wanted 'a place in the sun‘).Morocco was weak; France hoped to conquer it. In 1903, the French based an army on the Moroccan border. In Feb. 1905, France demanded control over the Moroccan army and police. The Sultan refused.
20The First Moroccan Crisis of 1905 MAIN STORY:In March 1905, Kaiser Wilhelm visited Tangiers in Morocco.He told the French agent (Count Cherisay) that he wanted free trade for Germany in Morocco - then dismissed him before he could reply.He then gave a speech in which he promised to defend Morocco as 'free and independent ‘ and ‘subject to no foreign control'.
21The First Moroccan Crisis of 1905 END:There was an international crisis - both France and Germany threatened war..The French (scared of another war with Germany) were going to back down, but the British encouraged them to take a firm line..A Conference was held at Algeciras (1906).Britain and Russia supported France (Britain stationed a navy patrol outside Algeciras harbour)Germany had to promise to stay out of Morocco.
22The First Moroccan Crisis of 1905 RESULTS:France were ANGRY with Germany.Britain was frightened of Germany’s Empire.At the Algeciras Conference (1906), France, Britain, and Russia forced Germany to promise to stay out of Morocco. Germany felt humiliated.In 1907, Britain and Russia, alarmed by German ambitions, made an Entente - adds to alliances.Algeciras convinced Germany that the other countries were 'ganging up' on Germany - from this moment, Germany began preparing for war.
23The Second Moroccan Crisis, 1911 BACKGROUND:Background of tension & rivalry (Imperialism - Kaiser Wilhelm wanted 'a place in the sun‘).At Algeciras (1906), Germany promised to keep out of Morocco - the French Foreign Legion went into Morocco.In 1910, France made a huge loan to Morocco, and took control of customs and taxes.In 1910 France sent a gunboat to Agadir in southern Morocco (German newspapers were angry).
24The Second Moroccan Crisis, 1911 MAIN STORY:In March 1911 there was a rebellion in northern Morocco. The French sent an army to defend (= angers the Germans).In June 1911, the Germans announced that they needed to protect German citizens in southern Morocco (even though there were no German citizens in southern Morocco).In July 1911, Kaiser Wilhelm sent the gunship Panther to Agadir. It 'rescued' ONE German.
25The Second Moroccan Crisis, 1911 END:There was an international crisis - war-fever in Germany and Britain.Lloyd George attacked Germany and promised support for France ('Mansion House speech').Nov 1911: Treaty of Berlin - Germany was forced to remove the gunship and accept instead a small piece of land in the Congo. Morocco became a French colony.Morocco became a French colony.
26The Second Moroccan Crisis, 1911 RESULTS:War-fever in Germany and Britain.Nov 1911: Treaty of Berlin - Germany was forced to remove the gunship and accept instead a small piece of land in the Congo. Morocco became a French colony.German resentment: Wilhelm said: 'these events have shown the German people where its enemy is'.One historian has written: 'the Kaiser was determined not to be the loser in the next crisis'.
281911 – There was a rebellion against the Sultan at Fez, the capital of Morocco The Sultan asked the French for help. The French Army was sent to helpGermany sent the gunboat Panther to the port of Agadir to help protect German interests in MoroccoEuropean countries had been competing for parts of northern AfricaThe Kaiser wanted to expand his empire. This was known as “Weltpolitik”The Germans stated that they supported and independent MoroccoThe Germans wanted to try and stop the French controlling MoroccoAustria-Hungary supported GermanyBritain supported France.The Entente Cordial was strengthened and Germany was left feeling vulnerable to attackBritain promised France naval supportBritain was no longer in “splendid isolationism”Britain believed that Germany was threatening their naval base on GibraltarGermany never expected Britain to become involved in the second crisisGermany was humiliated and less likely to back down if another dispute happenedGermany became annoyed with Britain for interferingThere was a move to all countries preparing for warA secret naval agreement was made between Britain and France for Britain to protect the coast of northern France and for France to protect British interests in the MediterraneanMorocco became a French colonyGermany was forced to accept two marshy strips of land in the CongoGermany was forced to promise it would stay out of MoroccoThreatened by Germany Britain looks to solve disputes and forms an alliance with Russia – Anglo-Russian Agreement, 1907Germany felt “ganged up on” and started preparing for warThe Triple Alliance was weakened as Italy did not support Germany’s actions over Agadir.
30The Moroccan CrisesSource J – Lloyd George’s speech at the Mansion House, published in The Times on 22nd July Lloyd George was then Chancellor of the ExchequerSource K – The historian W.N. Medlicott writing in 1968“But if a situation were to be forced upon us in which peace could only be preserved by the surrender of the great position Britain has won by centuries of heroism and achievement, by allowing Britain to be treated where her interests were vitally affected as if she were of no account in the Cabinet of nations, then I say emphatically that peace at that price would be a humiliation intolerable for a great country like ours to endure.”“The Second Moroccan Crisis ought to have been called the “Fez” crisis. The word “Agadir” shows how much unfavourable limelight the Germans attracted to themselves.”QuestionsRead source J. What is Lloys George suggesting in this source?What effect do you think source J would have on France and Germany?How was the Entente Cordiale strengthened by the Agadir Crisis?How was the Triple Alliance changed by the Agadir Crisis?What is meant in source K by claiming that the crisis “ought to have been called the “Fez” crisis?Why do you think it was called the Agadir Crisis?