XIV

CRY HAVOC…1907-1914

FEW foreign secretaries have faced more difficulties than those which faced Sir Edward Grey from 1906 to 1914 and few grappled with them more steadfastly. The first of the various charges from which Grey should be exonerated is that of insufficient concentration, a charge based on the somewhat irritating frequency with which he expressed his preference for bird-watching at Fallodon compared with his duties at the Foreign Office. The evidence is rather that this was no more than an oblique and wholly creditable method of expressing his sense of the magnitude of his task and of the distastefulness of the men and the tendencies he had to deal with as Foreign Secretary. To express, however frequently, a preference for studying the habits of wild birds and ornamental ducks in the midst of a working life devoted to coping with the consequences of policies controlled (if that is the right word) by men as unreliable as William II, Bülow, Kiderlen-Wächter, Aehrenthal, Conrad von Hoetzendorf, Izvolsky and the rest is evidence not of idleness but of an acute and understandable sense of strain.

The second charge of which he should be acquitted is that he failed to make it plain to the Germans that England would intervene with a continental army if Germany attacked France. That this would in fact happen had been the confident expectation of every diplomat and observer since the Tangier incident, and the Germans had been told plainly and in terms that it would happen. The Schlieffen plan assumed the participation of a British force. The German calculation in 1914

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Maps vi
  • Preface vii
  • Bibliography ix
  • Supplementary Bibliography xi
  • I - The Vienna Settlement 1
  • II - The Congress System and the Holy Alliance 1815-1820 10
  • III - The Holy Alliance, Europe and the East 1820-1841 16
  • IV - The Crimean War— Causes and Consequences 23
  • V - Revolution: Origins 32
  • VI - 1815-1848: The Age of Frustration 38
  • VII - 1848: Year of Failure 49
  • VIII - Louis Napoleon, Second Republic and Second Empire 55
  • IX - Napoleon III and Cavour 69
  • X - Cavour and Garibaldi 79
  • XI - Bismarck and Germany 1862-1871 96
  • XII - Bismarck and Germany 1871-1890 120
  • XIII - Imperial Conflicts and European Alignments 1875-1907 130
  • XIV - Cry Havoc…1907-1914 157
  • XV - Through War to Peace 1914-1920 186
  • Index 213
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