The Diplomacy of the War of 1914

The Diplomacy of the War of 1914

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The Diplomacy of the War of 1914

The Diplomacy of the War of 1914

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In this second edition, the subject-matter has been left intact, save for the correction of a few typographical errors and omissions. In the months succeeding the publication of the first edition, some interesting material bearing upon the causes of the war has come to light, but this material was not available to the public or to the responsible statesmen of the respective belligerent and neutral governments during the early weeks of the war, when it was necessary to form some opinion as a basis for the direction of governmental action. Not the exact facts as later revealed, but the situation as it appeared at the time, is the necessary basis for an appreciation of governmental action. Hence it is that practical politics require that the wisdom of the course pursued be judged by the material available at the moment it was necessary to make the decision. It is the author's belief that the volume as it originally appeared and without modification will better serve this purpose than any confusing interpolation of information acquired from sources subsequently accessible.

In the course of time, as new evidence is discovered, it will be interesting for the historian to prepare a scientific "post-mortem" of the diplomatic situation just prior to the outbreak; but the student must remember that, although such a study will have its importance to indicate the organic defects in our methods of conducting international relations, it will never afford the rational ground upon which to base a critical consideration of the action of the nations in that supreme moment of crisis.

NEW YORK, July 28, 1916.

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