British Foreign and Imperial Policy, 1865-1919 (Questions by Graham Goodlad

By Graham Goodlad

British overseas and Imperial coverage explores Britains function in overseas Affairs from the age of Gladstone and Disraeli to the tip of the 1st global battle, exploring such subject matters as Britain's involvement within the Scramble for Africa, the Anglo-Boer warfare, the overseas coverage of Lord Salisbury and the customers for Britain and the Empire on the finish of the 1st international struggle.

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15 Nor, in spite of his much publicised indignation on behalf of the victims of Ottoman massacres in the Balkans, did he give unqualified support to the subject peoples of other empires. His objection was not to the fact of the Ottoman Empire but to the way in which the Turks had abused a position of power. He did not call for the ending of the Sultan’s sovereignty but for united European action to bring about ‘local liberty and practical self-government’ in the particular provinces affected by oppression.

The conflict taught the imperial power, in Rudyard Kipling’s famous phrase, ‘no end of a lesson’. The arguments over ‘national efficiency’ which coloured Edwardian political debate were stimulated by failure to overcome Boer resistance rapidly and at low cost. In areas as diverse as defence planning, working-class health and social reform, the war helped to set the domestic agenda for the opening years of the new century. Historians are at one in the importance that they attach to the war. Its origins, however, continue to be hotly debated.

19 The need to uphold political predominance in the region was underlined by German penetration of Southern Africa in the 1890s. The Cape route to the East remained vital. Nor, for the sake of her prestige as a world power, could Britain allow herself to be defied by Boer intransigence. 20 In explaining the centrality of Southern Africa to Britain’s global strategy, several recent historians try to integrate political and economic factors. Andrew Porter, lain Smith and others acknowledge the importance of mineral discoveries in transforming the economic potential of the Transvaal.

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