This essay, Dixon’s second contribution to The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, is one of several works dealing with the Crimean War (see also
Campbell’s essay on St. Arnaud and
Fulford’s poem about Sebastopol.) The
February issue had already
gone to press when news of the approaching end of the war reached England,
and Fulford included an insert at the beginning of this issue promising another essay
treating the new aspects of the question. Dixon’s “Prospects of Peace”, in March,
fulfills Fulford’s promise.
Dixon patriotically sees England as the protector of European liberties, and
Russia as an aggressor. He distinguishes Russia’s goal of domination from
England’s goal of restitution, and argues that “We are at war
for the express purpose of undoing whatever Russia has been doing in Europe
and Asia for the last fifty years” (69).
First printed in
The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine
, February, 1856.