Anglo-French Relations, 1898-1998: From Fashoda to Jospin

Anglo-French Relations, 1898-1998: From Fashoda to Jospin

Anglo-French Relations, 1898-1998: From Fashoda to Jospin

Anglo-French Relations, 1898-1998: From Fashoda to Jospin

Synopsis

From the Fashoda incident in 1898 to the current Blair-Jospin "entente," this book reviews one century of Franco-British relations. Friend or foe? Partner or rival? Model or counter-model? The two countries have continually wavered between two extremes. Yet, these essays show they have always had more things in common than suspected in the first place, and there has always been a strong case for cooperation.

Excerpt

Organizing a Conference is quite a difficult task, yet sooner or later every academic is bound to have to face it. It is then both a duty and a pleasure for me to acknowledge my debts to the following persons and institutions: the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme d'Aquitaine and Professor Jean Dumas, then its Director, for invaluable logistic support right from the start. The Centre d'Etudes urbaines (CESURB) of the University of Bordeaux, and its Director, Professor Josette Pontet; the Pôle européen of the University of Bordeaux and its Director, Professor Joseph Ritz; the British Consulate General, James Rawlinson; the Mollat Bookshop; the French Department of Foreign Affairs and the Conseil général de la Région Aquitaine, for their generous financial support. Sir Christopher Mallaby, formerly HM's Ambassador in Paris, for giving this Conference a touch of international class. Jean-Pierre Dormois and Peter Cain for helping me to recruit the ‘Anglos’. Professor Anne-Marie Cocula, then Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professors Marc Agostino, Hubert Bonin and Bernard Lachaise who chaired the sessions. And, last but not least, Professor Michael Dockrill, a wizard at international diplomatic history, without whom the publication of this collection of papers would not have been possible.

PHILIPPE CHASSAIGNE

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