The Duke of Wellington and British Foreign Policy 1814-1830
Univ. of East Anglia, 2016
This thesis is an examination of the diplomatic career of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington between 1814-30. The Duke’s significant contributions to foreign policy-making have been an area neglected by historians. Occupying a central position in British politics during this time, this neglect has distorted both assessments of his career and of the wider domestic and foreign contexts. There is nothing in the extant literature that offers a thorough analysis of Wellington’s diplomatic experiences and his role in the framing and executing of British foreign policy. This work fills that lacuna. It takes a wide look at Wellington’s involvement in the conduct of British diplomacy and highlights the crucial formative experiences during his time on the Continent 1814-18 and the impact these had for his future policies. By looking at the full scope of Wellington’s foreign policy for the first time, this thesis enables scholars to have a more comprehensive view of the conduct of politics during the tumultuous years after the end of the Napoleonic Wars.