[Lord Salisbury's Foreign Office and 1897 insurrection in Crete.] Five Autograph Items by Sir Martin Gosselin of British Embassy in Paris, including drafts of private despatches to Salisbury on meetings with French Foreign Minister Gabriel Hanotaux.

Sir Martin Gosselin, diplomat [Cretan insurrection of 1897; Lord Salisbury; Crete; Ottoman Empire; Gabriel Hanotaux; International Squadron; Admirals' Council; Great Powers; Greece]
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The five items written by Gosselin between April and November 1897, from the British Embassy in Paris.

In January 1897 an insurrection by the Greeks in Crete led to the Ottoman Empire, of which it was still part, declaring war on Greece. The following month, as Turkish rule over the island crumbled, six 'Great Powers', including Britain, France, Russia and the Germans, despatched an 'International Squadron' of their ships to Cretan waters.

[Lord Salisbury and the Scramble for Africa: The Partition of West Africa and Creation of Nigeria] Diplomatic Papers of Sir Martin Gosselin, including correspondence with Sir Percy Anderson and Sir George Goldie of the Royal NIger Company.

Lord Salisbury and the Scramble for Africa [diplomatic papers of Sir Martin Le Marchant Hadsley Gosselin (1847-1905); Sir Percy Anderson; Sir George Goldie; Royal Niger Company]
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Lord Salisbury's great strength lay in foreign affairs. During his third ministry, 1895-1902, he chose to serve as both Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary. The foreign policy he pursued was vigorous and decisive (he was being sarcastic when he used the phrase 'Splendid Isolation') and his main aim was for Britain to prevail in the Scramble for Africa. The present collection provides an intimate insider's view of the workings of Salisbury's Foreign Office at a crucial period of expansion in the history of the British Empire.

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