By Graham Goodlad
British overseas and Imperial coverage explores Britains function in overseas Affairs from the age of Gladstone and Disraeli to the top of the 1st international warfare, exploring such subject matters as Britain's involvement within the Scramble for Africa, the Anglo-Boer conflict, the international coverage of Lord Salisbury and the customers for Britain and the Empire on the finish of the 1st global struggle.
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Were strategic considerations more important than economic factors in promoting the scramble for Africa? Did Robinson and Gallagher exaggerate the importance of Egypt in the scramble for Africa? SOURCES 1. IMPERIAL POLICY IN EAST AFRICA Source A: a memorandum by Clement Hill, a Foreign Officeofficial, 20 October 1884. The geographical position of the East Coast lays it more within the general area of our foreign policy than that of the West Coast. Our alternative route by the Cape to India may at any time make it important that we should have possession of, or at least free access to, good harbours: the importance is not less since the French movement in Madagascar.
King Leopold II of Belgium had begun penetration of the Congo region in the early 1880s, independently of British action elsewhere in the continent. The ‘Egyptocentric’ argument of Africa and the Victorians has been criticised for attempting to make one factor bear too heavy a burden of explanation. More recent studies of the period have moved away from the emphasis of Robinson and Gallagher upon the cool calculations of the ‘official mind’ in London. M. 16 Heexplains it in terms of the conversion of a powerful and interlinked elite, composed of commercial, intellectual and official elements, to the dominant idea of imperialism.
The lines between the business world and Whitehall became increasingly blurred as ties of social and family connection knitted together the disparate strands of the ‘establishment’. Lord Aberdare, for example, who became chairman of the Royal Niger Company, was a former Home Secretary with considerable influence in the corridors of power. Hopkins. Their interpretation is built around the concept of ‘gentlemanly capitalism’. Cain and Hopkins are critical of older economic interpretations, which stress the importance of manufacturing interests in overseas expansion.