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Prelude to power, 1850–52<sup>1</sup>

Geoffrey Hicks

in Peace, War and Party Politics

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/9780719075957.003.0003
Prelude to power, 1850–521

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Foreign policy offered a promising road back to Conservative harmony. This chapter explains the clear strand of broadly ‘liberal’ opinion that was distinctly uneasy about Conservative principles being employed in foreign policy. It discusses the fact that economic policy was always going to be the chief policy preoccupation of any incoming Conservative ministry. A description of four significant criticisms of ‘interference’, of the problems produced by a foreign policy supposedly based on ‘liberal’ or ‘constitutional’ principles, of disruption to the European status quo, and of disregard for international law and treaties is also provided. The chapter concludes by describing that the Conservative's non-interference and a desire for good relations with other powers was easily interpreted as de facto support for the domestic status quo in foreign countries, and thus of ‘despotism’.

Keywords: foreign policy; Conservative principles; power; European status quo; despotism; domestic status quo

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