Diplomatic Europe since the Treaty of Versailles

Diplomatic Europe since the Treaty of Versailles

Diplomatic Europe since the Treaty of Versailles

Diplomatic Europe since the Treaty of Versailles

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It needed but a few chapters to give the impression that this book was a complete survey of the illusions and disillusions, the fevered strivings and the sterile struggles, which went to form the travail of European international life after the Great War.

I have purposely refrained from writing these chapters, chiefly because I did not wish to touch, here, upon questions and episodes which might have led to the discussion of ideas or pretended ideas upon which, in other fields, I have openly expressed my thought. Moreover, apart from any such personal feeling, it seemed to me premature, and therefore useless, to attempt to paint a general picture of the whole; the postwar history of Europe is still in the making. I have wished merely to add an historical contribution to that ensemble, by recording the aspect and the trend of some events to which I could partly bear personal witness.

Such as they are, these pages do not seek to conceal, although they may not proclaim, the political and moral ideals which were, and remain, my own.

Undoubtedly, those who bear political responsibility for a great country are not entitled to call themselves exclusively the servants of a moral ideal. History sometimes is an iron task-mistress. It suffaces -- but this is imperative -- to direct one's country's interests along the channel marked out for the life of the nations -- of the living nations -- and not to mistake for that channel certain turbid eddies which for a short space of time flow backward between slimy banks.

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