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What we have, wc hold . . . may be morally indefens¬ible, but the supreme position which the Royal Navy held during the nineteenth century guaranteed this maxim. With I he Royal Navy unchallenged, Рак Britanriica existed for nigh on a century, the nations policy being expressed in Lord Palmerstons three dicta; first, the Navy must be more powerful than any combin¬ation of other navies; second, no foreign power should command the shores of the English Channel; and third, the continuance of the European balance of power.
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John Wingate is a writer and communications consultant based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.
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