History and foreign policy: Franco-British cooperation towards Greek independence 1828-1830

Chin, R. (2021) History and foreign policy: Franco-British cooperation towards Greek independence 1828-1830. Britain and the World, 14(2), pp. 151-173. (doi: 10.3366/brw.2021.0370)

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On 6 July 1827 the Treaty of London committed France, Britain, and Russia to working together to mediate the question of Greek independence. This was one of the first examples of Franco-British cooperation after the Napoleonic Wars. Although officials on both sides of the Channel publicly celebrated Franco-British cooperation over the Greek affair, behind closed doors policy makers remained suspicious of each other's intentions. This article explores how the memory and experience of the Napoleonic conflict influenced French and British policy making during the Greek independence struggle between 1828 and 1830. It argues that the memories of these conflicts fostered cultures of Franco-British rivalry that were discernible in the highest levels of policy making as well as in parliamentary and press opinion. These misgivings, embedded in notions of natural and historic rivalry, played an important role in mediating how policy makers viewed, judged, responded to, and justified their own and their counterpart's policies and policy motivations.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chin, Dr Rachel
Authors: Chin, R.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DF Greece
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Britain and the World
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):2043-8575
Published Online:31 August 2021

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