Thirty Years, Anglo-French Reminiscences (1876-1906)

Thirty Years, Anglo-French Reminiscences (1876-1906)

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Thirty Years, Anglo-French Reminiscences (1876-1906)

Thirty Years, Anglo-French Reminiscences (1876-1906)

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This book is due to a request made some years ago for a volume of memoirs. The present reminiscences include so much about myself that they are in fact memoirs as regards my connection with France and the genesis and fulfilment of the Entente.

My Anglo-German reminiscences, which cover a longer period, my short but intensely busy stay in America in 1903-4, my connection with the solution of the Balkan crisis of 1908-9, and other matters not directly affecting Anglo-French relations, with which I have had to do, are beyond the scope of and are not dealt with in the present volume.

I have tried throughout to preserve the more or less colloquial style which the title of the book implies, and have avoided as much as possible writing a history of Anglo-French relations under the Republic. When the archives of the two Foreign Offices and the letters and memoirs of several foreign ministers and diplomatists still living become available, a future generation will be better able than any contemporary writers to understand the true meaning of events which at present we can only interpret by surmise.

These reminiscences not only are not intended to give a consecutive or exhaustive narrative of the period they cover, but they relate only to the matters with which I have been more or less in contact, and the reader must look for nothing further. I have . . .

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