Diplomatic History, 1713-1933

Diplomatic History, 1713-1933

Diplomatic History, 1713-1933

Diplomatic History, 1713-1933

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This book does not claim to be a complete history of international relations during the period which it covers; such a work would require many volumes, and would probably be beyond the capacity of any one man to write. In the following pages I have aimed rather at tracing the main threads which for more than two centuries have run through diplomatic history, and on occasion I have tried to point the moral as well as to tell the tale.

For reasons of space, accounts of campaigns, as well as of the domestic affairs Of the various Powers, have been cut down to the minimum necessary to understand international relationships. The year 1933 has been chosen as the closing date, partly because the arrival of Hitler to power marks the end of one era and the beginning of another, but chiefly because of the lack, after that, of official documents upon which to base a narrative. Too much relating to the period 1933-1939 is still hidden for any final judgment to be passed upon the events of those years.

My thanks are due to Sir John Murray, K.C.V.O., for permission to reproduce in Appendix III an article which originally appeared in the Quarterly Review.

CHARLES PETRIE.

London, July, 1944.

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