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Hegemonic stability theorists would argue that Great Britain had been the principal factor in the maintenance of a European balance of power. Indeed, she was determined to maintain the status quo. To prevent the rise of a challenger, England (and subsequently the United Kingdom) successfully waged wars against the Spain of Charles V and Philip II, the Holland of De Witt, and the France of Louis XIV and Napoleon. But developed as a result of industrialization and equipped with modern weaponry, the Germany of Bismarck and the Kaiser was stronger than all previous rivals.
The liberal political system helped to reconcile the working class with the ruling elites and enabled Britain to weather political crises. After 1815 the state played only a minor role in British economic life. The combination of an effective and ﬂexible government but a weak state produced a situation that enormously inﬂuenced the resolution of socioeconomic conﬂict that industrialization heaped up without respite. Social conﬂict was largely diverted into political channels. Unlike their German counterparts, British policy makers did not succumb to any temptations to manipulate foreign policy for domestic purposes.
Yet there was no master plan to deal with the difﬁculties. Various agencies of the government often did not cooperate and at times did not even communicate with one another. Even the nation’s diplomacy was largely ad hoc and opportunistic. Although Foreign Secretary Lansdowne inaugurated the “new course,” he had no clear conception of what the ﬁnal outcome of his policy would be. ”31 Great Britain failed to develop a sustainable policy toward Germany before the two nations headed toward conﬂict.