The author would like to thank Paul Readman for his comments on an earlier version of this article.
The Liberals and Afghanistan, 1878–80*
Article first published online: 7 FEB 2012
Copyright © 2012 Institute of Historical Research
Volume 85, Issue 228, pages 306–328, May 2012
How to Cite
Wallace, C. (2012), The Liberals and Afghanistan, 1878–80. Historical Research, 85: 306–328. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2281.2011.00592.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 7 FEB 2012
This article examines the nature and motivation of Liberal opposition to the Conservative government's policy in Afghanistan, around the time of the second Anglo-Afghan war. Particular emphasis is given to the way in which Liberals deployed the opinions of Lord Lawrence, the former viceroy, in order to support their arguments. The example of Lawrence is important, for it demonstrates how high-ranking ‘Anglo-Indian’ administrators could, upon their return from the imperial periphery, have an important influence on politics in the metropolis. The article also considers how Conservatives responded to the Liberal attack, and asks whether the apparent frustration of Liberal opposition should be explained by the strength of imperialism in Britain.