This book is a companion volume to my Diplomatic History, 1713-1933, and so far as possible it has been written along the same lines. 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.
My aim has been to deal with events either on a chronological basis or by episodes, and I have tried to avoid over-lapping: this has never been easy, and has not always proved possible, and chapters VI, VII, and VIII should be read together. In every case where there are variations of spelling the most familiar form has been employed.
LONDON, November 1948.
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