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Title: Sir Frank Lascelles : a diplomat of the Victorian Empire, 1841-1920
Author: Bourne, Patrick James
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2010
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Abstract:
Sir Frank Cavendish Lascelles (1841-1920) was a typical British diplomat, born into an aristocratic family, educated at Harrow and serving in the diplomatic service from the age of twenty to his retirement at sixty-seven. He was in Paris at the time of the Franco-Prussian war (1870-1), in Egypt in the run up to British occupation (1878-9), and was at Prince Alexander of Battenberg's side at the time of the Bulgarian crisis of 1885-86. From here he moved to the forefront of defending Britain's Imperial interests, as Minister to Teheran (1891-94), and then as Ambassador to St Petersburg (1894-5), before finally arriving at Berlin in the last third of his diplomatic life. His career can tell us much about the priorities in British foreign policy, and how they changed throughout the period 1870-1914. Although previous studies of Lascelles's life have tended to focus on the last years of his career and his estrangement from the growing 'anti-German' trend at the British Foreign Office before the Great War, this work, by examining his Berlin post in the context of his broader diplomatic experience, aims to build up a picture of Sir Frank Lascelles as a Victorian diplomat as distinct from the Edwardian generation, focussed on a policy of concilhltion and protecting Britain's interests as he conceived them, and avoiding sources of possible antagonism. For the main part, this meant co,llaboration where allowable with Britain's rivals, but also a recognition of the value to Britain otthe Triple Alliance powers who proved a valuable safeguard against the threat of Russia and France arguably up until shortly before 1907, when Britain came to terms with them. This fact among others explains the ambassador's seemingly disproportionate focus on retaining the friendship of Europe's largest Power and its ruler, the wisdom of which many contemporaries were increasingly inclined to dispute.
Supervisor: Afflerbach, Holger ; Hartley, Owen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.540213  DOI: Not available
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