Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Raymond A. Smith, Jr.

Second Advisor

George A. Rothrock, Jr.,

Third Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


This study was originally to have examined only the actual negotiations for the proposed Anglo-German loan to Portugal in 1898. In order to delve into this historical problem, however, it became necessary to set the stage for the actual narrative. In this case the stage has become almost a panoramic view of the diplomacy of the late nineteenth century. It is difficult to separate any European diplomatic issue of this period from the Iron Chancellor of Germany, Otto von Bismarck, and since this was also a period of burgeoning colonies, the author has briefly examined both Bismarckian diplomacy and colonial expansion in Africa. The author hopes his first two chapters have not become overly extended in his attempt to portray the diplomatic and colonial problems which formed the basis of misunderstanding and distrust in the final negotiations.


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of History University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright, 1963 Robert Dennis Fiala

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