British Foreign Policy 1815-65

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General comment on the Crimean War

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So far as Britain was concerned, the end of Crimean War had a number of results that were little to do with the war itself.

The war was important for Britain's domestic affairs because a variety of issues were highlighted by the incompetence of the government and army during the war

  1. the Crimean War and the conduct thereof eventually led to a professional civil service and reforms in army organisation under Gladstone
  2. the importance of public opinion which had begun to make its mark in the 1760s finally came to fruition
  3. newspapers were using the new technology of the telegraph and were as yet uncensored
  4. it demonstrated that the old diplomatic world of Vienna was at an end, and marked the emergence of a new European balance of power

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