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British Foreign Policy in the Age of the American Revolution$
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H. M. Scott

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201953.001.0001

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The Decline of British Diplomacy, 1765–1768

The Decline of British Diplomacy, 1765–1768

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British Foreign Policy in the Age of the American Revolution

H. M. Scott

Oxford University Press

The management of foreign affairs across the Grenville Ministry proved to be better than that carried out by its political successors, as foreign affairs weakened and was further shaken by the problems of the East India Company and of America. However, the fundamental reason for such declines remained rooted in how ministers exuded irresolution, incompetence, and ignorance in their duties of managing foreign policy. Such was unfortunately furthered because of the limitations faced by Britain's statesmen. After the fall of the Grenville Ministry, five men who were seemingly underqualified and inexperienced took charge of the Secretaries' office. In this chapter, we look into how the Manila Ransom contributed to the said decline and how Britain's claims for the ransom dominated foreign relations. This chapter discusses how Pitt initiated the return to foreign policy.

Keywords:   foreign affairs, Grenville Ministry, ministers, Manila Ransom, foreign relations, Pitt

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