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 warfare, exploring such issues as Britain's involvement within the Scramble for Africa, the Anglo-Boer struggle, the international coverage of Lord Salisbury and the clients for Britain and the Empire on the finish of the 1st international conflict.

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Questions What part was played in the Egyptian Crisis of 1882 by (a) ‘Bright’ (Source C) and (b) ‘Arabi’ (Source D)? [4] 2. How do the content and tone of Sources A and B help to explain Gladstone’s success as a leader of public opinion? [4] 3. How useful is Source C as evidence for policy making on imperial matters during the second Gladstone administration? [4] *4. How fully does Source D explain British government policy towards Egypt in 1882? [5] 5. Using the sources and your own knowledge, explain why it was so difficult for Gladstone to realise the vision of international relations outlined in Sources A and B.

For example, in the Black Sea clauses affair of 1870, Gladstone satisfied Whig feeling by his firmness in bringing Russia to the conference table. At the same time the manoeuvre reassured the Liberal left by avoiding the immorality and expense of military preparations. Gladstone did not always prevail over his colleagues. A determined movement at cabinet level could thwart him as when Foreign Secretary Granville and others prevented him from protesting against Prussia’s annexation of Alsace-Lorraine in September 1870.

But the lands of tropical Africa are not usually suitable for a European population, and the present inhabitants are races which it must take a far longer time to civilise than those who look for immediate big results appear to think of. We do not, apart from surprises, look for any rapid development of either trade or financial success from these territories. LATE VICTORIAN OVERSEAS EXPANSION 41 Source E: from a satirical poem by Hilaire Belloc, ‘The Modern Traveller’, published in 1898. ] I never shall forget the way That Blood upon this awful day Preserved us all from death.

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