Georges Clemenceau: A Political Biography

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FOREIGN POLICY

I THE ALGEÇIRAS CONFERENCE, 1906

Clemenceau's involvement in foreign affairs from the time he entered the Sarrien government until the fall of his own cabinet must now be considered. The formation of the Sarrien government came at a time of considerable international tension. Rouvier fell on 7 March 1906; the Sarrien cabinet took over the conduct of affairs on 14 March when the conference of Algeçiras had reached a critical point. What was at stake was the new diplomatic alignment created during Delcassé's tenure of the foreign ministry. The previous three years had seen important changes in the European diplomatic scene, beginning with the Anglo-Japanese alliance of 1902. As France had been the ally of Russia since 1893 the deterioration of relations between Russia and Japan might have signalled a renewed period of tension between Britain and France, but in fact the opposite occurred. The two countries concluded the Entente Cordiale of 8 April 1904. 96 This was in no way an alliance, but a settling of old grievances which had embittered Anglo-French relations for many years. In practical terms it meant that France accepted British control of Egypt, while Britain agreed not to interfere in various French spheres of interest: the most important of these areas turned out to be Morocco, not because of the intrinsic value of that barren land, but because Germany chose this issue on which to challenge the Anglo-French entente. A year after its signature the German Emperor made a ceremonial visit to Tangier and made effusive declarations of support for Morocco. Germany did not want Morocco for itself but sought to demonstrate to France that

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See P. J. V. Rolo, Entente Cordiale (1969); C. Andrew, Theophile Delcassé and the making of the Entente Cordiale (1968); and N. Rich, Friedrich von Holstein, Politics and Diplomacy in the era of Bismarck and William II (1965), II, pp. 678-745.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Georges Clemenceau - A Political Biography *
  • Contents 5
  • Illustrations *
  • Acknowledgements 11
  • Part One - Childhood, Youth and the Commune I84i-1871 *
  • 1 - Childhood and Youth 15
  • 2 - The Commune 34
  • Part Two - The Radical Attack I87i-1889 *
  • 3 - Challenger from the Left 59
  • 4 - Clemenceau versus Ferry 81
  • 5 - Boulangism 101
  • Part Three - Defeat and Resurgence I889-1906 *
  • 6 - Panama 117
  • 7 - The Dreyfus Affair 138
  • Part Four - The First Ministry I906-1909 *
  • 8 - Minister of the Interior 167
  • 9 - Clemenceau as Premier 183
  • 10 - Clemenceau as Strike-Breaker 200
  • 11 - Foreign Policy 215
  • Part Five - Opposition I909-1917 *
  • 12 - In Opposition before the War 237
  • 13 - Opposition in Wartime 249
  • Part Six - Pere-La-Victoire I9i7-1918 *
  • 14 - Second Ministry: Domestic Politics 275
  • 15 - Military Strategy 293
  • 16 - Russian Intervention and Victory 315
  • Part Seven - The Peace Settlement and after I9i8-1929 *
  • 17 - The Versailles Treaty 331
  • 18 - The Middle East and Russia 366
  • 19 - Domestic Politics and Last Years 380
  • Part Eight - Conclusion *
  • 20 - Conclusion 397
  • Appendices Sources and Bibliography Index *
  • Appendix I 411
  • Appendix II 414
  • Appendix III 416
  • Appendix IV 417
  • Appendix V 424
  • Appendix VI 428
  • Appendix VII 434
  • Sources and Bibliography 438
  • Index 455
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