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Origins

Miloš Ković

in Disraeli and the Eastern Question

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574605
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595134 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574605.003.0001
Origins

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This chapter examines the process of the formation of Disraeli's initial understandings of the East and the Eastern Question. The social and political context within which the young Disraeli grew up is scrutinized, as well as the influence of his Jewish origins and the personality of his father, Isaac D'Israeli. The influence of the liberal Toryism of Canning and the romanticism of Lord Byron on the shaping of Disraeli's understanding of the Eastern Question are equally stressed. Finally, the influence of Gibbon's pessimistic view of the 'slavic races' of Eastern Europe as examples of ‘barbarism’ and ‘backwardness’ is also highlighted.

Keywords: Isaac D'Israeli; Canning; Byron; Gibbon; Eastern Europe; Jewishness; romanticism; Toryism; barbarism; backwardness

Chapter.  2458 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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