Sir Donald MacKenzie Wallace: Papers

Scope and Content

Boxes 1-8. The completed text, with notes, of Wallace's history of European Foreign Policy. Chapter I. The Labyrinth and how it is to be explored; II. Birth and innate perculiarities of modern nations; III. Motives, aims and methods of action; IV. Spain's Predominance and Decline (1914); V. The Dutch Interlude (1916); VI. French preponderance under the Bourbons (1913); VII. Balance of Power and England's maritime preponderance. (i) National enrichment. (ii) England's colonial expansion; VIII. Balance of power established by Congress of Vienna (incomplete); IX. Balance of power as disturbed by Predominance of Germany. For this chapter there is only a series of notes entitled 'The German Empire and the Great Continental Alliance' (1870-1900), written 1900.

Boxes 9-14. Analysis of French Foreign Policy since the period of the Renaissance under various headings - Northward expansion, Southward expansion, Eastern expansion, and Overseas expansion, consisting mainly of extracts from books. There is also analysis of Spanish Foreign Policy and that of Portugal for the same period, and material on Italian Foreign Policy and the Papacy, Habsburgs and Austria, United States Foreign Policy (June 1904), and Russia and the Eastern Question, including separate studies on Bulgaria, Greece, Servia and Romania.

Box 15. Series of articles and notes, together with extracts from pamphlets and newspapers, on the Russian Revolution, 1905-1910, and correspondence with Sir Valentine Chirol, 1894-1898. The material includes Russian Foreign Policy, 1908-1909; Agrarian Movement; Zemstvo Movement; Finland; and the Cadet Party. There is also a descriptive account by Sir A.W. Ward of the contents of some of the boxes and how the MSS came into Cambridge University Library.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Donald MacKenzie Wallace (1841-1919), newspaper correspondent, editor and author, student at various universities at home and abroad. Wallace visited Russia in 1870-1875. He was foreign correspondent of The Times at Constantinople, 1878-1884; private secretary to Lord Dufferin, viceroy of India, 1884-1888; and director of The Times, foreign department, 1891-1899. His principal work was Russia (1877).

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by the executors of Sir D.M. Wallace, 1923.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was taken from the entry on Wallace in the Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Part II, 1901-1970, p.695-696 (Oxford University Press, 1982).

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