- Mar 2016
Naturally I'm excluding the opinions of politicians and philosophers/intellectuals, since they did not necessarily represent the attitudes of the average lower-to-middle class citizen. Was the collapse in overseas power and prestige viewed negatively, or was the new focus on internal issues and the reduction in spending for overseas ventures viewed favourably? Did attitudes differ significantly between countries? Was the issue divided into a 'positive' or 'negative' dichotomy, or was most of the general population indifferent?