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splendid isolation

For most of the 19th cent. Britain was diplomatically isolated, having what Palmerston called ‘no eternal allies’ to whom she owed favours. The obverse of this, of course, was that no ...

‘splendid isolation’

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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...splendid isolation’ For most of the 19th cent. Britain was diplomatically isolated, having what Palmerston called ‘no eternal allies’ to whom she owed favours. The obverse of this, of course, was that no other country owed favours to her. This was the context of Canadian premier Sir Wilfrid Laurier 's description of Britain's situation in February 1896 as one of ‘splendidisolation, arising, he claimed, ‘from her superiority’. Others at that time were beginning to doubt this. Joseph Chamberlain in particular feared for the future of the British empire ...

‘splendid isolation’

‘splendid isolation’   Reference library

Bernard Porter

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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...’s description of Britain’s situation in February 1896 as one of ‘splendidisolation, arising, he claimed, ‘from her superiority’. Others at that time were beginning to doubt this. Joseph Chamberlain in particular feared for the future of the British empire if it could not find an ally in Europe, and negotiated with Germany behind his prime minister’s back. That came to nothing; but early in the new century Britain did abandon isolation, at least partially, through a treaty with Japan ( 1902 ), ‘ententes’ with France ( 1904 ) and Russia ( 1907...

splendid isolation

splendid isolation  

For most of the 19th cent. Britain was diplomatically isolated, having what Palmerston called ‘no eternal allies’ to whom she owed favours. The obverse of this, of course, was that no other country ...
Architecture

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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...Regent's Park scheme ( 1811–26 ), a spectacular series of palatial whitewashed terraces ringing a new park, itself sprinkled with luxury villas. Connecting the park to the Prince Regent's Carlton House (designed by Henry *Holland , 1783–96 ) was the new Regent Street with its splendid variety of commercial and residential buildings. In Scotland, developments were equally dramatic as both Edinburgh and Glasgow gained fashionable gridiron extensions designed, amongst others, by James Craig ( 1740–95 ), Robert Reid ( 1776–1856 ), William Playfair (...

Irish Local and Family History

Irish Local and Family History   Quick reference

Kevin Whelan

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
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History, Local and Family History
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...National Library of Ireland ( 1994 ). The National Library and The National Archives have produced leaflets listing in summary fashion material in their collection likely to be of interest to local historians. There are also guides to special collections, such as Rena Lohan's splendid guide to the Board of Works material deposited in The National Archives. Among its 1 million books and 40 000 manuscripts, the material in the National Library most useful to local historians includes microfilm of Catholic parish registers ; estate papers and maps; ...

Proverbs

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K. T. Aitken and K. T Aitken

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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...fashioned by Wisdom; the cosmic temple of Wisdom ( Perdue 1994 : 94–7 ), or to be simply a stately mansion. Correspondingly, the pillars have been thought to have cosmic or mythological significance; to reflect temple architecture, or to indicate that Wisdom's house is a rather splendid one which can accommodate all who accept her invitation. The invitation of Wisdom ( vv. 3–4 ) echoes her earlier appeals ( cf. 1:20–1; 8:1–5 ). It is addressed to the ‘simple’, i.e. to those who most need to dine with Wisdom but who can be most easily induced to dine with Folly...

Introduction to the New Testament

Introduction to the New Testament   Reference library

Leslie Houlden

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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...). Paul perhaps comes nearest to showing his mind in Rom 8:32 , where he appeals to the giving by Abraham of his son Isaac to death (narrowly averted, Gen 22 ) as a parallel to God's giving of Jesus: ‘God did not spare his only son’ ( cf. Gen 22:16 ). That model of sonship splendidly and appropriately illuminates the death of Jesus and is an important ingredient in the quest for scriptural texts that could put that otherwise catastrophic event, as far as the hopes of Jesus' followers were concerned, in a positive light. Here was a case where the giving of a...

Ephesians

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J. D. G. Dunn and J. D. G. Dunn

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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...19–23 ) and in whom hope is focused ( vv. 17–18 ). He is ‘the Father of glory’ ( v. 17; cf. Acts 7:2; Rom 6:4 ); the phrase should not be reduced to ‘glorious Father’ but should be allowed to resonate with all the overtones of God as the progenitor of all that is glorious and splendid (including v. 18 ). The richness of this divine resource is a repeated theme ( vv. 7, 18–19; 2:4, 7; 3:8, 16 ). The intercession falls into two parts. First for knowledge ( vv. 17–19 ), knowledge being fundamental to well-being. The very diversity of the language (wisdom,...

Jeremiah

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Kathleen M. O'Connor and Kathleen M. O'Connor

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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...Husband/YHWH turns attention on the children, offering them the same invitation to ‘return’. The Hebrew verb šûb carries the nuance of turning from sin ( Holladay 1958 ). For the children there are no preconditions. Instead, they are coaxed to return with promises of a splendid future in the land, joined together north and south under one shepherd after YHWH's own heart ( vv. 15–18 ). ( 3:19–20 ) Yet YHWH's unfaithful wife lingers in his thoughts as he muses sadly about his past plans for her and for their relationship. At this bitter moment, the...

Genesis

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R. N. Whybray and R. N. Whybray

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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...and is described in some detail, partly to give it a plausible local colour but mainly in order to enhance the impression of Joseph's eminent position in Egypt. Joseph's character is portrayed with consummate skill. This final part of the book leaves the readers with hopes of a splendid future. The final verses specifically foretell the Exodus from Egypt which will lead at last to the possession of the promised land. Commentary on Genesis R. N. Whybray A History of Origins ( chs. 1–11 ) These chapters may be regarded as a prologue to Genesis, and indeed to the...

Denison/Kimball Trio

Denison/Kimball Trio  

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Misnomered US duo featuring the talents of Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard) and James Kimball (Mule), this project existed in splendid isolation from the guitar barrage more familiar to long-term camp ...
5th marquis of Lansdowne, Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice

5th marquis of Lansdowne, Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice  

(1845–1927).A Liberal politician, Lansdowne resigned from Gladstone's government over Irish land reform in 1880. After serving as governor‐general of Canada and viceroy of India, he joined ...
Lord Salisbury

Lord Salisbury  

(1830–1903)British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister (1885–86; 1886–92; 1895–1902). His main area of concern was foreign affairs; he was a firm defender of British imperial interests and ...
splendid

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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2021
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...splendid [E17th] Early 17th-century examples of splendid, which comes ultimately from Latin splendere ‘to shine brightly’, describe a grand place or occasion. The phrase splendid isolation was first used at the end of the 19th century to refer to the diplomatic and commercial non-involvement of Great Britain in...

Salisbury, Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne‐Cecil, 3rd Marquess of

Salisbury, Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne‐Cecil, 3rd Marquess of (1830–1903)   Quick reference

World Encyclopedia

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2004
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93 words

...( 1874–80 ). On Disraeli's death ( 1881 ), he became leader of the opposition to Gladstone 's government. In each of Salisbury's terms in office he also served as foreign secretary, guiding Britain's imperial and colonial affairs. Despite initial success, his diplomacy of ‘splendid isolation’ resulted in the South African Wars ( 1899–1902 ). Salisbury was succeeded by his nephew, Arthur Balfour...

Lansdowne, Henry Petty‐Fitzmaurice, 5th marquis of

Lansdowne, Henry Petty‐Fitzmaurice, 5th marquis of   Quick reference

A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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2015
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154 words

...Irish land reform in 1880 . After serving as governor‐general of Canada and viceroy of India, he joined Salisbury 's 1895 cabinet. As foreign secretary from 1900 , he did much to satisfy those who believed that Britain could no longer afford the so‐called policy of ‘splendid isolation ’. In 1901 he resolved Britain's outstanding disputes with the USA. An alliance with Japan followed in 1902 . An entente with France in 1904 resolved various imperial differences—notably over Morocco and Egypt. As leader of the Unionist peers from 1903 to 1916 , he...

O'Brien, Edna

O'Brien, Edna (1930)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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2003
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Literature
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198 words

...in love with a woman is killed by her jealous husband. O'Brien's short story collections include The Love Object ( 1968 ), A Scandalous Woman ( 1974 ), and Lantern Slides ( 1988 ). Time and Tide ( 1992 ) deals with separation, custody, and loss, while House of Splendid Isolation ( 1994 ) concerns the relationship between an IRA man on the run and the woman whose house he...

Lansdowne, Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th marquis of

Lansdowne, Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th marquis of (1845–1927)   Reference library

C. J. Bartlett

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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...Irish land reform in 1880 . After serving as governor-general of Canada and viceroy of India, he joined Salisbury ’s 1895 cabinet. As foreign secretary from 1900 , he did much to satisfy those who believed that Britain could no longer afford the so-called policy of ‘splendid isolation’ . In 1901 he resolved Britain’s outstanding disputes with the USA. An alliance with Japan followed in 1902 . His effort to negotiate with Germany in 1903 over the Berlin–Baghdad railway was thwarted by Joseph Chamberlain , but an entente with France in 1904 ...

O'Brien, Edna

O'Brien, Edna (1930–)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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...as The Girl with Green Eyes ) and Girls in their Married Bliss ( 1963 ), following the author's career trajectory to London. O'Brien's subsequent novels include A Pagan Place ( 1971 ), the sombre reverie Night ( 1972 ), Johnny I Hardly Knew You ( 1977 ), House of Splendid Isolation ( 1994 ), and The Light of Evening ( 2006 ). Down by the River ( 1997 ) fictionalizes the plight of a teenage rape victim who fell foul of Ireland's draconian abortion laws in 1992 , while In the Forest ( 2002 ) recreates the events surrounding a notorious 1994 ...

O'Brien, Edna

O'Brien, Edna (1930– )   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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...their search for experience in The Lonely Girl ( 1962 ; repr. as The Girl with Green Eyes ) and Girls in their Married Bliss ( 1963 ). O'Brien's subsequent novels include A Pagan Place ( 1971 ), Night ( 1972 ), Johnny I Hardly Knew You ( 1977 ), House of Splendid Isolation ( 1994 ), and The Light of Evening ( 2006 ). Down by the River ( 1997 ) fictionalizes the plight of a teenage rape victim who fell foul of Ireland's draconian abortion laws in 1992 ; In the Forest ( 2002 ) recreates the events surrounding a notorious 1994 triple...

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