Falsifications of the Russian Orange Book: Actual Exchange of Telegrams between Paris and St. Petersburg at the Outbreak of the War

Falsifications of the Russian Orange Book: Actual Exchange of Telegrams between Paris and St. Petersburg at the Outbreak of the War

Falsifications of the Russian Orange Book: Actual Exchange of Telegrams between Paris and St. Petersburg at the Outbreak of the War

Falsifications of the Russian Orange Book: Actual Exchange of Telegrams between Paris and St. Petersburg at the Outbreak of the War

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Everybody has heard of the origin and significance of the so-called color books which were issued by the different governments after the outbreak of the war and, being composed of official documents, pretended to give an authentic representation of the diplomatic negotiations just previous to the war. Owing their existence less to a desire for moral vindication than to a well planned political design, these books all had but one aim: to prove that the enemy alone was responsible for the catastrophe. One cannot overestimate the influence they exercised on public opinion, especially during the first months of the war. The layman was convinced that now he had before him the whole documentary material which, only a few days ago, had been the jealously guarded secret of diplomatic offices, and he felt . . .

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