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January–February 1854: London

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Dumitru Brătianu must be credited for almost single-handedly forging a small lobby of philo-Romanians in the period 1849 to 1859, when he resided, with occasional interruptions, in Britain. As Russian troops massed yet again along the Moldavian border in the summer of 1853, Brătianu wrote to Lord Dudley Stuart, asking him to raise the issue of the neutrality of the Principalities in the House of Commons. Brătianu set out to flatter his hosts' pride in their political traditions and institutions, as he wrote that, in his view, Britain was the one European power capable of "understanding the cry for liberty and truth amongst other peoples&t;. The weight of public opinion in pushing the agenda for war in 1853-4 is still a matter of debate, but a Britain on the warpath was what Bratianu and his lobby wanted to see.

Keywords: Dumitru Brătianu; London; Lord Dudley Stuart; philo-Romanians



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