After 1882 domestic developments strengthened Great Britain’s imperial commitment. While aristocrats dominated Gladstone’s Cabinet and the franchise was expanded, the increasing influence of the middle class affected the making of foreign policy. Finance and trade reinforced the strategic considerations of the Foreign Office as the expansionism of the other great powers challenged the British empire. The work of the Colonial Office grew heavier, and the chartered company became a means of supporting overseas ventures at minimal cost. Egypt remained the government’s primary foreign problem.


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