Religion and diplomacy: religion and British Foreign Policy 1815-1941
Robbins, K. and Fisher, J. e. (2010) Religion and diplomacy: religion and British Foreign Policy 1815-1941. Dordrecht and St Louis MO: Republic of Letters. ISBN 978 90 8979 035 4
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For long a missing dimension in British foreign policy, religion impinged upon the formulation of Britain’s overseas interests in many ways. This was true of policy makers’ unspoken assumptions about the nature of humanity and international politics, inculcated in elite educational institutions. Religion was a tangible element in the practice of diplomacy. War, crises, and humanitarian concerns drew comment from the churches, their followers, as well as direct involvement from the Bishops in the House of Lords. This volume presents two survey chapters on the British Churches and British Foreign Policy and the nonconformist churches and British foreign policy. It is followed by case studies focusing on the Near East, Japan, relations with the Vatican, the Jewish question in British foreign policy, and the role of Archbishop Lang in the tempestuous years prior to the Second World War.