Chapter

The Grand Tour

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/9780199574605.003.0002
The Grand Tour

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The motives behind Disraeli's decision to embark on his Grand Tour through the Ottoman Empire are looked at in this chapter. The turnaround which occurred in Disraeli during the time of his ‘blank period’ is also considered, when he began to shift from the liberal Toryism of Canning towards the conservative Toryism of Wellington. It was then that he began to show mistrust towards the uprising of the Greeks, whom he began to regard, along with the other Balkan rebels, as the allies of Russia, as well as perceiving the Battle of Navarino as a fateful mistake. He believed that Russia had used Britain's philhellenism to go to war with Turkey. The experiences of his travels through Greece, Constantinople, the Holy Land and Egypt are examined in detail. His Russophobia, and imperial and class solidarity with the Ottomans are identified as the main sources of Disraeli's Turkophilia at the time.

Keywords: Grand Tour; identity; Russophobia; Greek Revolution; Greece; philhellenism; Russia; conservatism; imperial solidarity; class solidarity

Chapter.  9838 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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