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England and Europe, 1815–1914

  • Alun Davies

Abstract

THE bewilderment of foreign observers at the inconsistencies of Britain’s relations with Europe during the nineteenth century is familiar to us all. To some extent, it is to be explained by the oftrepeated fact that although Britain counted as part of Europe, she was not primarily a European power. Her major interests lay outside the Continent. Indeed, the only possessions which she had in Europe were Gibraltar and Malta, and (after 1878) Cyprus, although Cyprus was of little importance until after the First World War, for in 1915 Britain offered to give it away to Greece in return for a Greek entry into the war — a refusal which viewed from this vantage-point in time is ironic, to say the least. Most of Britain’s trade was carried on with non-European countries; most of her investments likewise were in non-European countries.

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Foreign Policy British Government European Power British Policy European Affair 
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