Recent Revelations of European Diplomacy

Recent Revelations of European Diplomacy

Recent Revelations of European Diplomacy

Recent Revelations of European Diplomacy

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This little book has been written in the hope of aiding students of the World War and its causes to keep pace with the almost bewildering accumulation of material. It has grown out of a paper read to the British Institute of International Affairs on December 12, 1922, and published in the Journal of the Institute for January, 1923. A reprint met with a considerable demand at home and abroad, and I have been pressed from many quarters to bring the survey up to date. The political and diplomatic revelations of the last four years are no less significant than those reviewed in the original address, and many of them remain unfamiliar to English readers. I have confined myself to publications subsequent to the outbreak of war, and illustrating the period from the accession of William II to the Treaty of Versailles. Magazine articles are only mentioned when they are of exceptional importance.

Though the main purpose of this volume is to summarise the testimony and arguments of other men, I have often ventured to express my own views on books, persons and events. I do not ask every reader to agree with them; but some of my fellow-students may perhaps care to learn my opinions, as I am always glad to know theirs. What is offered is a causerie, not a bibliography. The title is stretched to include studies of character and temperament when first-hand material is available, and when such knowledge facilitates the interpretation of policy. Purely military writings are excluded, and no attempt has been made to map the literature bearing on . . .

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