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The Decline of British Radicalism, 1847–1860$
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Miles Taylor

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204824

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204824.001.0001

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Virtue, Commerce, and the Crimean War

Virtue, Commerce, and the Crimean War

(p.223) 7 Virtue, Commerce, and the Crimean War
The Decline of British Radicalism, 1847–1860

Miles Taylor

Oxford University Press

The reform party, and the reform movement more generally, led the demands for British intervention in the Crimea during 1853 and 1854. However, support for British intervention was not unconditional. Arguments in favour of intervention were based on a set of interrelated expectations. For most of the reform party and the reform movement, the Crimean War came to revolve around the tension between European progress and civilization, and Russian barbarism. As a Christian European state England had little in common with the infidelism of the Orient. As the Crimean war got under way, pro-interventionist opinion had not only become convinced of the issues involved, it had also grown confident that the war would be fought in a manner compatible with British free trade. During the winter of 1853–4 the reform movement had resigned itself to the long-term costs involved in British intervention on the continent.

Keywords:   reform party, reform movement, international relations, Crimean War, war costs

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