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The Principles of British Foreign Policy
Philip Vander Elst

The Principles of British Foreign Policy
Philip Vander Elst
Second Edition

© The Bruges Group 2008 ISBN: 978-0-9547087-5-7 Published in February 2008 by The Bruges Group, 227 Linen Hall, 162-168 Regent Street, London W1B 5TB

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The Author
PHILIP VANDER ELST is a freelance author, journalist and lecturer, and a former editor of Freedom Today. He was a founder member of the Selsdon Group and worked on the staff of the Centre for Policy Studies and the Institute of Economic Affairs in the late 1970s. Over the last 30 years he has written widely on political, economic and philosophical subjects for papers in Britain and the United States, including the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator, the Sunday Times, the Political Quarterly, Human Events, and the American Spectator. He is also a former officer of the Oxford Union Debating Society and has been a visiting lecturer at many American universities and colleges. He has been a writer and broadcaster on radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic. His many publications include Resisting Leviathan: the Case Against A European State (Claridge Press 1991); Idealism Without Illusions: a Foreign Policy for Freedom (Freedom Association 1989), Libertarianism: a Christian Critique (Christian Institute 2003), and C.S. Lewis: a short introduction (Continuum, 2005).

Table of Contents
The Principles of British Foreign Policy ................................................................................................... 5 Recreating the Roman Empire ........................................................................................................................ 6 A Recurring Challenge .......................................................................................................................................... 7 Defending the Liberties of Europe ............................................................................................................... 9 Britain’s Distinctive Heritage.......................................................................................................................... 10 The Spread of British Law and Liberty.................................................................................................. 12 Britain’s Campaign Against Slavery ......................................................................................................... 14 Britain’s Liberal Values ....................................................................................................................................... 14 European Tributes to Britain .......................................................................................................................... 16 American Tributes to the British Empire ............................................................................................... 17 Countering Europeanist Propaganda ..................................................................................................... 19 Why Britain Fought in 1914 and 1939 ................................................................................................... 19 Internationalism versus Supranationalism ......................................................................................... 21

Britain’s Global Orientation............................................................................................................................. 23

The Principles of British Foreign Policy

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