TITLE

CLASS AND CONFLICT IN BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY

AUTHOR(S)
Worsthorne, Peregrine
PUB. DATE
April 1959
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr1959, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p419
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on conflicts in British foreign policy. It has often been pointed out that revolutions make strangely little difference to a country's foreign policy. Each new set of rulers, however much it may differ from its predecessors in everything else, sees the national interest in very much the same way. Communist Soviet Union diplomacy, for example, pursues the same broad aims as Tsarist diplomacy only with more skill and success. A nation's foreign policy is aimed at preserving and increasing the power of the state. Since the purpose of revolution is to seize control of this power there is no necessary reason why a new regime, however much it may differ internally from its predecessor, should alter its basic attitudes to the world outside. Revolutions, nevertheless, do have an immense influence on foreign policy — not on its aims but on its ability to achieve them. If as a result of revolution a country is racked with civil strife, its enemies will seize this opportunity to limit its power, as happened in 1917 to the Soviet Union.
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