British Foreign Policy 1815-65

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The Dirty Doorstep

P_lm_st_n [Palmerston] (an active lad). - "Well! This is the greatest mess I ever saw at anybody's door."

Little Jack R_ss_ll [Lord John Russell]: "Ah! I lived there once - but I was obliged to leave it - it was such a very irregular family."

Lord Palmerston became Prime Minister in February 1855, replacing the Earl of Aberdeen. He found domestic and foreign affairs much in the condition represented in this cartoon. The Crimean War was a particularly disastrous event for Britain.

Punch magazine, 1855.

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