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Prisoner of War

William St. Clair

in Lord Elgin and the Marbles

Third edition

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780192880536
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.003.0011
Prisoner of War

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Although peace treaties proceeded at Amiens on March 25 1802 between Great Britain and France, several people thought that this peace was unlikely to persevere because of issues of sustained distrust, such as the refusal of the British to give up their colonies, the insistence of the French to interfere in Ireland, and other such problems. One of said issues received major attention for Lord Elgin, and this involved how Sébastiani was still serving on a military and political reconnaissance in spite of the fact that he had been assigned as the ‘commercial agent’ in Levant. Sébastiani reported to the French about whether invading Egypt would be feasible and whether an army would be sent into the Balkans. Philip Hunt was thus sent by Elgin to watch over Sébastiani and his travels. Soon after that, war was again declared. All British males during that time, since they were obliged to serve their country, were perceived as prisoners of war.

Keywords: peace; distrust; Sébastiani; commercial agent; French; war; prisoners of war; British males

Chapter.  5484 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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