THE AGE OF NON-INTERVENTION
THE highway TO REFORM
INVENTIONS, NOVELTIES AND FORECASTS
THE SOCIAL FABRIC
GENERAL SOCIAL LIFE
DRAMA, OPERA, song AND THE tremendous ARTS
FASHION IN DRESS
SPORT AND PASTIME
Mr. PUNCH'S heritage of contemporary ENGLAND
THE AGE OF NON-INTERVENTION
"Whether wonderfully remoted or dangerously remoted, i cannot now debate; yet in my opinion i believe wonderfully remoted, simply because this isolation of britain comes from her superiority."
These phrases have been utilized by Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1896, yet they have been brought on by way of a retrospect of the Victorian age, and will function a motto for the coverage which ruled England in her family with international international locations within the interval surveyed during this volume.
There used to be critical friction with France within the early days of the Empire because of the mistrust of the Emperor's warlike arrangements and his manipulation of the possibilities offered through his information of Italy in 1859. within the struggle of North and South in the US, England as a complete "backed the inaccurate horse," and English international relations mishandled the responsibilities of our neutrality. We have been at the verge of warfare over the Trent case, and the slackness of the govt in failing to detain the Alabama stressed the rustic with a high priced legacy of ethical and highbrow damage—to say not anything of pecuniary loss.
Popular sentiment was once strongly anti-Prussian within the struggle on Denmark in 1864; misgivings of Prussian aggression have been heightened by means of the crushing defeat of Austria in 1866 and the French débâcle in 1870. but the previous international relations, no matter what its shortcomings, saved us out of ecu wars. The courtroom in addition to the govt. strove not easy for peace in 1859; the Queen's impact was once effectively exerted to avoid interference on behalf of Denmark in 1864, which were foreshadowed in a menacing message to Austria from Lord Palmerston. After the defeat of the Austrians at Sadowa in 1866, Disraeli justified abstention from pointless interference in eu politics, at the floor that England had outgrown the ecu Continent, and used to be fairly extra of an Asiatic than a ecu energy. With Gladstone the restraining intent used to be financial instead of anti-imperialist, even though his mistrust of a "spirited overseas coverage" grew to become extra said in later years. yet less than Liberals and Conservatives alike, non-intervention in eu wars remained the unbroken rule, and the single severe army operations undertaken among 1857 and 1874 have been these thinking about the suppression of a good rebel inside our personal dominions. The chinese language quarrel used to be the one cloud at the horizon firstly of 1857. Parliament was once dissolved because the results of the vote of censure handed within the Commons, yet Palmerston used to be lower back with a powerful majority, and the pacificists lower than Cobden misplaced their seats, Punch expressing the wish that Cobden could be "master of himself notwithstanding China fall."
The warfare with China was once no longer a wonderful web page in our annals: it remained in abeyance in the course of the Mutiny and used to be no longer concluded until eventually 1860. in some way it was once one of many technique of saving India through the diversion of the troops meant for the a ways East, and already at Singapore, to the comfort of Bengal on the pressing summons of Lord Canning, the Governor-General of India. the 1st point out of the outbreak in Punch shut at the tragedy of Meerut early in could. In his "Essence of Parliament" we read:—
Lord Ellenborough brought an alarmist speech in regards to the mutinies in our Indian military. between different terrors, he was once hideously afraid that Lord Canning, the Governor-General, were taking a few step which confirmed that he suggestion Christianity a real faith, yet this destructive accusation used to be fortunately defined away. Lord Lansdowne used to be virtually certain that Lord Canning couldn't thus far have misconducted himself.
The cost used to be in a position to whole disproof, yet regrettably, as with the greasing of the car
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