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Convention of London 1840

Convention of London 1840

Convention of London 1840: Egypt, The Ottoman Empire and the seeds of British interests

The Convention of London 1840 seeks to maintain the balance and continuity of power that Europe’s major powers except France wanted to see maintained. The Ottoman’s had first held Egypt in the 16th Century. Their continued involvement in the Middle East and Egypt had brought some value to the Europeans as continuity equated with stability. The Convention of London sought to ensure that such stability was not completely undone by the war between the Ottoman’s and Muhammad Ali’s Egypt. Hence not only Britain but the major powers of Austria Prussia and Russia were also keen and active in making sure matters were resolved as quickly as possible to their mutual satisfaction.

The conditions of Muhammad Ali being allowed to hold Egypt and the Eyalet of Acre himself and through his successors required that Egypt would remain part of the Ottoman Empire;

  1. time conditions and penalties if he did not agree and withdraw his forces, that were onerous and designed to ensure that he would not prevaricate.
  2. he had to return Sultan Abdulmecid the Ottoman Fleet (which had defected) to Alexandria
  3. with draw his forces from Arabia, the Holy Cities Crete and Adana.
Backed by the French, who as recently as Napoleon had laid claims to Egypt, Muhammad Ali refused the terms offered. Consequently British and Austrian forces attacked Acre in 1840 and increased the pressure on Ali’s war weary forces. Finally he was forced to accept the terms that still gave him rule of Egypt and the Sudan as par of the Ottoman Empire. He also met the other material terms required and Egypt assumed the legal status of being a ‘privileged Ottoman province.’ Subsequently when the British intervened and sought to take control of Egypt this status would be a matter of contention cited by the Egyptian nationalists to seek to undermine the British occupation of Egypt.occupation.
Paris Peace Conference 1919

Paris Peace Conference 1919

Was the Paris Peace Conference and four months of wrangling amongst the Allies robbing Germany of its Empire a key document that impacts on British Appeasement Policy in 1938 1939 and was it also a major factor in the problems that led to WW2? In full knowledge of its content is Chamberlain all too aware of its implications and seeks to appease Germany’s imperialist pretensions because of it, or in spite of it. Before we judge Chamberlain should we not take a long hard look at Britain in the ‘interwar years’ and how these outcomes constrain the options available as Baldwin resigns and Chamberlain picks-up the poison chalice.

King Ine of Wessex 688-726

King Ine of Wessex 688-726

King Ine started British Law Code and ruled in Wessex, founding the stone church at Gastonbury Abbey and abdicating to go on a pilgrimage Rome, He did not expand his dominion of Wessex but he made other notable contributions and was committed to the early Christian Church.

Henry III Plantagenet King 1207-1272

Henry III Plantagenet King 1207-1272

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Plantagenet Monarchs

His father King John was not much of a role model, so how would his son inheriting at just 9 years of age cope? He started with guidance of great statesmen but would he be governed by their wise council? What would Henry III contribute to the development of a nation…

Winston Churchill Doctor’s letter requiring alcohol for recovery

Winston Churchill Doctor’s letter requiring alcohol for recovery

Ephemera from Winston and Queen Elizabeth’s lives as glimpses and objects for musing made us think about our own artefacts archives and objects…

Harold I Harefoot King of England

Harold Harefoot I was the son of Cnut, his mother was Elgifu and again the succession of a strong King is poorly organised after his death…

King Cnut Canute 995-1035

King Cnut Canute 995-1035

Cnut was a strong and brutal ruler who managed to control England , Denmark and Norway having demolished the inheritance of Alfred the Great by removing Ethelred and Edmund but would he fair any better in ensuring a smooth succession down his family lines, another intriguing family?

King Henry I Son of The Conqueror

King Henry I Son of The Conqueror

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Norman Monarchs Kings and Queens

Henry I 4th Son of William the Conqueror a lucky man to inherit the crown and creates the start of the rise of the Dukes of Anjou and Acquataine and the Plantagenents…