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Author Otte, Thomas G., 1967-

Title The Foreign Office Mind : the Making of British Foreign Policy, 1865-1914
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Contents Cover; The Foreign Office Mind; Title; Copyright; Ioannae uxori amabili Offero hoc libellum, Amoris mei signum. Nec notat et designat Neque nobilitari vult Amorem profundum auctoris.; Contents; Illustrations (to be found between pages 146 and 147); Preface and acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Illusions of supremacy: the 'Foreign Office mind', 1865-1874; 'Such a lot of men with claims': the diplomatic élite after 1865; 'Not a question of importance to solve': Britain and the Powers in the mid-1860s; 'The devil's own child': loosening ties with France
'High-handed proceedings': problems of the periphery'Discordant notes in the Anglo-French duet': Egypt and the loss of France; 'Turbulent elements': British isolation; 3 Problems of consolidation: the 'Foreign Office mind', 1885-1892; After 'the Montagues & Capulets': the high-Victorians; 'Holding our ground in Egypt': the problems of the periphery; 'Wigs on the Green': Russia and the periphery; 'Thwarting Russia': the 'Foreign Office mind' and the Central Powers; 'The beastly Bulgarian Question': rapprochement with Berlin and Vienna
'Simply a boutade of Bismarck': the 'war-in-sight' crisis'England still has the will ... to play a foremost part in European politics': British interests in the East; 'Reopening that eternal Eastern question': the Great Eastern crisis and the crisis of British foreign policy (I); 'British maudling sentimentality': the 'Atrocitarian' challenge; 'If we go on waiting for the other to speak first': the Great Eastern crisis and the crisis of British foreign policy (II); 'A stirring future': post-Berlin international affairs; 'Incalculable evil': the Midlothian challenge
'The tardy motions of the Austrian government': the changing politics of Central Europe'A curious transformation scene': the 'Foreign Office mind' and the mounting tensions among the Powers; 'Something in the wind': the Luxemburg crisis and British supremacy in international politics; 'Such active politicians': Great Power competition for influence after 1867; 'A general disquietude': arms and diplomacy; 'Maintaining ... the peace of Europe will not be affected by sedatives or palliatives': the coming of the Franco-German war; 'The Russian shell': the end of the Crimean settlement
'To make all straight between England and the United States': the elusive Anglo-American rapprochement'Keep an eye on Bismarck': the new European order; 'A "grand feu d'artifice"': the 'Foreign Office mind' and the Dreikaiserbund; 2 The problems of isolation: the 'Foreign Office mind', 1874-1885; 'Livadian parasites' and others: the diplomatic élite in the mid-1870s; 'The future balance of power on a peacefooting': the 'Foreign Office mind' and the European order in the 1870s; 'An extraordinary individual': the challenge of Bismarckian diplomacy
Summary Pioneering study which charts how the collective mindset of Britain's diplomatic élite reacted to and shaped nineteenth-century British foreign policy
Notes 'A particularly dark moment': the flowering of the Anglo-French antagonism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Diplomats -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Diplomats -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1837-1901.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1901-1936.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1107006503 (hardback)
1139161458 (electronic bk.)
9781107006508 (hardback)
9781139161459 (electronic bk.)