Lessons from the Crimea

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

I want to praise Robert Crowcroft’s ar­ti­cle in the Oc­to­ber is­sue ( Ap­peas­ing the Nazis), which set out the ten­sions within Bri­tish so­ci­ety and the link be­tween do­mes­tic and for­eign pol­icy dur­ing the Mu­nich cri­sis of 1938. It seems to me that the same link be­tween do­mes­tic and for­eign pol­icy still ap­plies to­day and is cur­rently be­ing played out over Brexit.

It is truly amaz­ing how this one event has im­pacted on mod­ern in­ter­na­tional politics, from An­thony Eden’s Suez pol­icy of 1956 to Blair and Bush’s ap­proach to the Iraq War, and even the present in­ter­na­tional deal­ings with Russia. Will it one day fade in the mem­ory in the same way as the man­ner in which the gov­ern­ment of Lord Aberdeen drifted into war with Russia in the Crimea in the 1850s has? Brian Row­ley, Or­p­ing­ton

A 15th-cen­tury de­pic­tion of blood­let­ting. In the Mid­dle Ages, this ubiq­ui­tous prac­tice may have done more harm than good

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