France, England and European Democracy, 1215-1915: A Historical Survey of the Principles Underlying the Entente Cordiale

France, England and European Democracy, 1215-1915: A Historical Survey of the Principles Underlying the Entente Cordiale

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France, England and European Democracy, 1215-1915: A Historical Survey of the Principles Underlying the Entente Cordiale

France, England and European Democracy, 1215-1915: A Historical Survey of the Principles Underlying the Entente Cordiale

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The alliance of England and France against Germany is more than a powerful factor in today's struggle, it is one of the great events of universal history. For the first time two countries, both makers of civilization, are united in an intimate bond which, apart from the questions of common defence and pooling of material resources, is fast bringing about a communion of minds and hearts. In the interest of peace and the progress of civilization this alliance ought to last, and last it will if the English and French learn to know and understand each other.

This book is a modest contribution to the understanding. of matters concerning England in the past and in the present, these matters being considered only in their bearing on actual events and only in as far as they forecast and explain these events. An attempt has been made to show through just what sequence of causes--historical, psychological, and moral--Great Britain was led in 1914- 1915 to take her stand on the side of right, liberty, and humanity. These causes are not occasional and superficial; they are fundamental and essential. Their effect will survive the crisis which has suddenly given them their full significance and efficacy. It is precisely these causes which allow us to augur well of the future.

There has been no desire here to write a book bristling with notes and references. Only known facts are used in the text; from these facts an effort has been made . . .

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