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Balfour and foreign policy : the international thought of conservative statesman /
Jason Tomes.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
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ix, 323 p.
ISBN
0521581184
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Book
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
isbn
0521581184
catalogue key
896616
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-11:
Tomes has done an extraordinarily thorough job in tracking Balfour's ideas on foreign policy, using all possible sources: manuscripts, correspondence, parliamentary debates, fugitive publications. As British prime minister from 1902 to 1905, Balfour, through alliances with Japan and France, reversed the more isolated policy of the former Prime Minister, his uncle and patron, the Marquess of Salisbury. Balfour was foreign secretary in the crucial years 1916-19. He was a professional philosopher, well regarded in his own day. Yet his ideas are on the whole rather disappointingly unexceptional, largely a sophisticated version of the standard thought of his time. He recognized the role of idealism and cynicism in political life and tried to steer a middle course. For instance, elements of both anti- and philosemitism persuaded him to lend his name to the Balfour Declaration supporting the idea of a Jewish national home, which he felt would lead Jews to choose between Zion and the country in which they were living. Graduate; faculty. P. Stansky; Stanford University
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"The author, who is favourable to Balfour as a statesman and as a man, has clearly delineated both his attitudes to foreign policy and the beliefs which underlay that policy. It is a masterful survey." Contemporary Review
"Jason Tomes's new study of the international thought of Arthur Balfour...offers a most stimulating survey of a leading Conservative's attitudes to the great issues of British foreign policy. The great merit of the book is its comprehensiveness." Douglas Newton, Journal of Modern History
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This is a study of the foreign policy views of Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930), British Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, which examines his understanding of foreign relations, his perception of contemporary foreign and Imperial affairs, and his prescriptions for British policy. The book spans international thought, diplomatic history, and biography. Theory is, however, not divorced from practice, still less practice from people. In elucidating Balfour’s mind, the author touches on most of the major issues of four decades of international history and some fundamental questions of international relations. Little attention has been paid hitherto to Balfour’s political thought, but here he is shown as an intellectual with a deep and coherent philosophy, which led him to emphasise the importance of Anglo-American partnership in world affairs.
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Arthur James Balfour was British Prime Minister (1902-5) and Foreign Secretary (1916-19), a conservative and an intellectual. This is the first analysis of his thinking on a full range of international issues, such as British Imperialism, Great Power relations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and the Far East, the First World War, the Russian Revolution, Zionism, the League of Nations and, above all, the Anglo-American relationship. Balfour emerges with a distinctively conservative approach to foreign affairs which demonstrated a continuity of belief from his philosophical writings to his political practice.
Main Description
This is a study of the foreign policy views of Arthur James Balfour (18481930), British Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, which examines his understanding of foreign relations, his perception of contemporary foreign and Imperial affairs, and his prescriptions for British policy. The book spans international thought, diplomatic history, and biography. Theory is, however, not divorced from practice, still less practice from people. In elucidating Balfour's mind, the author touches on most of the major issues of four decades of international history and some fundamental questions of international relations. Little attention has been paid hitherto to Balfour's political thought, but here he is shown as an intellectual with a deep and coherent philosophy, which led him to emphasise the importance of Anglo-American partnership in world affairs.
Description for Bookstore
Arthur James Balfour was British Prime Minister (1902-5) and Foreign Secretary (1916-19), a conservative and an intellectual. This is the first analysis of his thinking on a full range of international issues, with emphasis on the primacy he attached to the Anglo-American partnership.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is a study of Balfour, British Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, which examines his understanding of foreign relations his perception of contemporary foreign and imperial affairs, and his prescriptions for British policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Biographical survey
Race, progress, patriotism
Imperialism
Greater Britain
The Franco-Russian challenge
Germany and the War
Anglo-America
The Balfour Declaration
The Russian Revolution
The Far East
The League of Nations
Conclusion
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