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Peace, War and Party Politics

Geoffrey Hicks

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075957
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700785 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719075957.001.0001
Peace, War and Party Politics

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This book examines the mid-Victorian Conservative Party's significant but overlooked role in British foreign policy and in contemporary debate about Britain's relations with Europe. It considers the Conservatives' response—in opposition and government—to the tumultuous era of Napoleon III, the Crimean War and Italian Unification. Within a clear chronological framework, the book focuses on ‘high’ politics, and offers a detailed account of the party's foreign policy in government under its longest-serving but forgotten leader, the fourteenth Earl of Derby. It attaches equal significance to domestic politics, and incorporates an analysis of Disraeli's role in internal tussles over policy, illuminating the roots of the power struggle he would later win against Derby's son in the 1870s. Overall, the book helps provide us with a fuller picture of mid-Victorian Britain's engagement with the world.

Keywords: mid-Victorian Britain; Conservative Party; British foreign policy; government; Napoleon III; Crimean War; Italian Unification; high politics; Earl of Derby; Disraeli

Book.  256 pages. 

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Conservative perspectives in Peace, War and Party Politics

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Entente cordiale in Peace, War and Party Politics

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Disraelian undertones, 1858 in Peace, War and Party Politics

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