The author is most grateful to Dr. Richard Pennell of the University of Melbourne and to an anonymous reviewer for their comments on this article.
Keeping ‘the Old Flag flying’: the British community in Morocco and the British Morocco Merchants Association, 1914–24
Article first published online: 4 NOV 2009
© Institute of Historical Research 2009
Volume 83, Issue 222, pages 719–746, November 2010
How to Cite
Fisher, J. (2010), Keeping ‘the Old Flag flying’: the British community in Morocco and the British Morocco Merchants Association, 1914–24. Historical Research, 83: 719–746. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2281.2009.00527.x
- Issue published online: 4 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 4 NOV 2009
This article examines the British expatriate community in Morocco and specifically in Tangier at a formative time in the country's history. Growing French ascendancy in Morocco and the strains imposed by war exposed weaknesses in British prospects in Morocco coupled with declining official interest in Britain's future there. The British community, and merchants involved in the Morocco trade, sought to resist these developments. In doing so they were inspired by war-time patriotism as well as by self-interest. Their efforts took various forms including the establishment of the British Morocco Merchants Association. The article suggests that in view of Morocco's increasingly marginal role in British foreign policy after the First World War, these efforts were unlikely to have much impact.