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Disraelian undertones, 1858

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/9780719075957.003.0008
Disraelian undertones, 1858

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This chapter examines the politics of Conservative foreign policy after the Conservative government had survived for nine months in November 1858. It also discusses the fact that Britain was apparently vulnerable to attack, even invasion, and created widespread concern throughout 1858 and 1859. Further, it highlights Disraeli's desire to maintain Anglo-French relations as the cornerstone of British foreign policy and to use it as an electoral and political weapon. The study explains how Derby and Malmesbury in London and Cowley in Paris restored the relations with France after patient negotiations. But the major concern for the Conservative government was not France but the Neapolitan government. It concludes that the various minor differences of 1852–58 were a prelude to the more significant differences that emerged in 1859.

Keywords: Conservative foreign policy; Conservative government; Britain; Disraeli; Anglo-French relationship; Neapolitan government

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