The History of Twelve Days, July 24th to August 4th, 1914: Being an Account of the Negotiations Preceding the Outbreak of War Based on the Official Publications

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CHAPTER XIII
DECLARATION OF WAR ON FRANCE

THE declaration of war against Russia necessarily brought with it war with France. The terms of the alliance between the two countries have not been published, but it had been framed precisely to provide against a contingency such as the present. No one suggests that France desired war; it would, however, have been impossible for her not to remain faithful to her ally. If we leave out of account all questions of honour and the obligation to abide by a solemn undertaking which had now existed for nearly twenty years, the simplest dictates of prudence and self-preservation would have rendered any such course impossible. Had France allowed herself to be separated from Russia, and had she consented to throw her influence against the Russian claim to have a voice in the settlement of the Serbian difficulty, peace indeed would probably have been preserved, but the result would have been that the alliance would have been broken, France would have been left isolated on the continent of Europe, and at any moment she would henceforward have been subjected to a threat from Germany similar to that now directed against Russia. Standing alone she would have been in no position to oppose it and she would have henceforward been condemned to follow whatever course Germany chose to dictate.

When the crisis began the President of the Republic was absent on a series of visits to the northern Courts. He was accompanied by M. René Viviani, who was both President of the Council and Minister for Foreign Affairs. They had left St. Petersburg on July 23rd, the very day on which the Austrian Note was presented, but were not to return home for a fortnight. The news which reached them at Stockholm on the 26th, however, caused them to return to France with the greatest speed. The

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xxiii
  • Part I 1
  • Chapter I - Serbia and Austria 3
  • Chapter II - Germany 40
  • Chapter III - Russia and Austria 62
  • Chapter IV - The Serbian Reply 84
  • Chapter V - Mediation 99
  • Chapter VI - German Efforts for Peace 144
  • Chapter VII - Declaration of War on Serbia 164
  • Chapter VIII - The Intervention of the Emperor 177
  • Chapter IX - Russian Mobilisation 202
  • Chapter X - Mediation Renewed 226
  • Chapter XI - The German Ultimatum 240
  • Chapter XII - Declaration of War on Russia 259
  • Chapter XIII - Declaration of War on France 267
  • Part II 287
  • Chapter XIV - Great Britain and the Entente Cordiale 289
  • Chapter XV - British Intervention 303
  • Chapter XVI - The Neutrality of Belgium 346
  • Chapter XVII - The Violation of Belgian Neutrality 370
  • Appendix A 391
  • Appendix B 393
  • Appendix C 399
  • Appendix D 402
  • Index 405
  • Documents Quoted 409
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