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Peace, War and Party Politics: The Conservatives and Europe, 1846-59

Geoffrey Hicks


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 domes ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780719075957
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719075957.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Hicks, author