The Traditions of Imperial Policy and the Leaders of the Coalition

  • John Darwin
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series


Before 1914, there seemed little that Britain could gain from changes in the structure of international politics or the distribution of world power. The most predictable shifts in the balance of world power seemed more likely to weaken than to strengthen the security of her far-flung imperial system. The advance of Russia towards the frontiers of the Indian Empire and into the Chinese Empire had been held in check; the encroachment of German influence in the Middle East and in south central Africa partially arrested. But despite this, there could be no reason to suppose that the tighter international constraints with which the British world-system had had to reckon since the end of the 1870s would be loosened. Nor that the rise of new industrial powers with imperial ambitions could be reversed by a new surge of expansion that would roll back the forward movement of Britain’s rivals.


Middle East Imperial Control Imperial System Conservative Party Constitutional Reform 
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