Disraeli’s contribution to British imperial history needs to be reassessed. With the so-called ‘forward movements’ of the early years of his administration he had almost nothing to do. The decisions extending British influence in various parts of the world were not even part of a consistent Conservative philosophy, but merely the outcome of earlier events. For the ‘forward movements’ of the later years of his administration Disraeli also had little responsibility. He deplored the direction of events in South Africa and India and censured in private the activities of the men he supported in public. The actions of the men on the spot, very often in flagrant disregard of the instructions of Her Majesty’s Government, were more responsible for the Zulu and Afghan wars than the vacillation of Disraeli and his Cabinet.
KeywordsForeign Policy Suez Canal British Empire Imperial Policy British Imperialism
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