The Northern Limit: Britain, Canada and Greenland, 1917-20

Historian article

Ben Markham, last updated: 28th August 2018

Imperial ambitions during the First World War extended beyond the Middle East and Africa.  In this article Ben Markham looks at the territorial wrangling over Greenland.

It is well known that the British Empire grew in size significantly in the wake of the First World War. In the course of the peace process, London obtained control – in the form of League of Nations Mandates – over former territories of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East, and from the German Empire in the Pacific and Africa. Moreover, it was not only the imperial centre that benefited territorially from the conflict. The Dominions were also granted their own Mandate territories, carved from former German colonies. 

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