Entente Diplomacy and the World: Matrix of the History of Europe, 1909-14

Entente Diplomacy and the World: Matrix of the History of Europe, 1909-14

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Entente Diplomacy and the World: Matrix of the History of Europe, 1909-14

Entente Diplomacy and the World: Matrix of the History of Europe, 1909-14

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Entente Diplomacy and the World excluded from participation in foreign affairs had little in common during the gestative period of the Great War. Now and then, this world heard the rumbling of the distant drum, contemplated the imminent catastrophe with perturbation, and then continued to let foreign offices and their representatives on foreign posts do as they did before. In the end the several national executives informed their parliaments that the fait compli was there. It was then a question of either surrendering national honor, better defined in international law as "sovereignty," or rush into the conflict, which, after having been waged by the foreign offices in camera as a game of wits, was now to be translated upon the battlefield, to receive the test of military and naval strength.

Of the real causes the world knew nothing, and still knows nothing really worth knowing. The press everywhere had been used to mislead readers, and when the warring governments began to deluge the world with "colored" books, most of us took their contents to be gospel truth; as in one single aspect they were. The documents published were in themselves exact enough, though forgeries have been discovered in them recently. But they had been culled for a purpose--to show that our own particular government was in the right. To but a few it occurred at the time that the "colored" books were a wholly one-sided presentation of the case. It followed that, if we were right, the others must be wrong. Having but the faintest of notions concerning diplomatic methods, and seeing in the diplomatist and minister of foreign affairs, persons especially anointed by governmental infallibility, we took for granted all things we could not understand, and soon the pas-

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