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Salisbury explained

A Titan of the Victorian age, Lord Salisbury presided over a period of unprecedented peace. But his deeply flawed views on the Eastern Question were indirectly responsible for Turkey’s entry into the Great War, says David Barchard

One Sunday evening, late in the nineteenth century, the third Marquess of Salisbury, then both prime minister and foreign minister, beamed at a young person whom he assumed was a weekend guest about to depart from his country home.
“Have you enjoyed your time with us here at Hatfield?” Lord Salisbury asked benignly.
“Papa! I am your eldest son and I live here,” replied the young man.

Salisbury may have had trouble recognising people, but he was no figure of fun. He ran Britain for nearly a decade and a half at the zenith of its power, with consummate energy and professionalism. Andrew Roberts, in his sparkling biography of Salisbury (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999) rightly calls him a Victorian Titan.

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