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Selected Speeches on British Foreign Policy 1738-1914   By: (1878-)

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This volume of 'Selected Speeches on British Foreign Policy' was first published in 'The World's Classics' in 1914


A selection of speeches made for the purpose of illustrating the best rhetorical form of British Oratory has already been published in 'The World's Classics'. The governing principle of this volume is not rhetorical quality, but historical interest. Speeches have been selected from the earliest days of reporting downwards, dealing with such phases of foreign policy as are of exceptional interest at present. They have been chosen so as to cover a variety of international crises affecting various states.

In such a selection some very interesting speeches have had to be set aside, because they represented temporary or individual and sectional views rather than permanent national and official views, and in order to avoid disproportionate reference to the same situation or country.

It is to be hoped that the selection, such as it is, may, through the words of the statesmen of the past, help to prepare our minds for the sound and worthy consideration of the problems of European re settlement which will arise at the termination of the War.



WILLIAM PITT, EARL OF CHATHAM (1708 78) The Convention with Spain (House of Lords, March 8, 1738) The Defence of Weaker States (House of Lords, January 22, 1770)

RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN (1751 1816) The Partition of Poland (House of Commons, April 25, 1793) The Prussian Subsidy (House of Commons, February 5, 1795) Grant to the Emperor of Germany (House of Commons, February 17, 1800)

WILLIAM PITT (1769 1806) Overtures of Peace with France (House of Commons, February 3, 1800)

GEORGE CANNING (1770 1827) Negotiations Relative to Spain (House of Commons, April 30, 1823)

SIR ROBERT PEEL (1788 1850) Portugal Don Miguel (House of Commons, June 1, 1828) Belgium (House of Commons, July 16, 1832) Russian Dutch Loan (House of Commons, July 20, 1832)

LORD JOHN RUSSELL, afterwards EARL RUSSELL (1792 1878) The Annexation of Cracow (House of Commons, March 4, 1847)

VISCOUNT PALMERSTON (1784 1865) The Polish Question (House of Commons, March 1, 1848)

HENRY, LORD BROUGHAM (1778 1868) Italian Affairs (House of Lords, July 20, 1849)

EARL RUSSELL, previously LORD JOHN RUSSELL (1792 1878) Denmark and Germany (House of Lords, June 27, 1864)

LORD STANLEY, afterwards EARL OF DERBY (1826 93) Austria and Prussia (House of Commons, July 20, 1866)

JOHN BRIGHT (1811 89) Principles of Foreign Policy (Birmingham, October 29, 1858)

WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE (1809 98) The Neutrality of Belgium (House of Commons, August 8 and 10, 1870) [By kind permission of Mr. H.N. Gladstone and Messrs. Wyman & Sons, Ltd.] Right Principles of Foreign Policy (West Calder, Midlothian, November 27, 1879) The Aggrandizement of Russia (West Calder, Midlothian, April 2, 1880) [By kind permission of Mr. H.N. Gladstone.]

BENJAMIN DISRAELI (1804 81) Denmark and Germany (House of Commons, July 4, 1864)

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, EARL OF BEACONSFIELD (1804 81) Treaty of Berlin (House of Lords, July 18, 1878) [By kind permission of Messrs. Longmans, Green & Co.]

SIR EDWARD GREY (1862 ) Negotiations (House of Commons, August 3, 1914) [By kind permission of Sir Edward Grey and Messrs. Wyman & Sons, Ltd.]

HERBERT HENRY ASQUITH (1852 ) Infamous Proposals (House of Commons, August 6, 1914) [By kind permission of Mr. Asquith and Messrs. Wyman & Sons, Ltd.]

DAVID LLOYD GEORGE (1863 ) International Honour (Queen's Hall, London, September 19, 1914) [By kind permission of Mr... Continue reading book >>

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