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Disraeli and the Eastern Question$
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Milos Kovic

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199574605

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574605.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Quest for Power, Fame, and Prestige

Conclusion: The Quest for Power, Fame, and Prestige

(p.307) 12 Conclusion: The Quest for Power, Fame, and Prestige
Disraeli and the Eastern Question

Miloš Ković

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter stresses the influence of conservatism and romanticism on Disraeli's understanding of the Eastern Question. The experiences of the Greek Revolution are highlighted, as well as the personal experiences from Disraeli's Grand Tour. The changes in his view of the Eastern Question are highlighted, as well as his declining enthusiasm for the Ottoman Empire. Equally, the roles which Metternich and Palmerston played in shaping Disraeli's perception of the Eastern Question are analysed, as well as the crucial experience of the Crimean War in forming Disraeli's reliance on a strategy based on deterrence. The decisive role which Disraeli would play in Britain's policy during the Eastern Crisis is stressed. Finally, it is demonstrated how, during the Eastern Crisis, Disraeli put into practice the key principles on which his foreign policy was based: the ‘instinct of power’, ‘love of fame’, quest for prestige, and preservation of the balance of power.

Keywords:   conservatism, romanticism, Greek Revolution, Metternich, Palmerston, Crimean War, deterrence, power, fame, prestige

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