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By A. Capet

This assortment gathers the various best-known names within the English-speaking global within the box of Anglo-French kin, delivering an authoritative survey for complicated undergraduate and postgraduate scholars learning diplomacy within the lengthy 20th century, beginning with the the most important interval of the 1st global struggle and finishing with the both advanced query of the second one Iraq warfare. The emphasis is on British perceptions of the Entente, a subject matter which has no longer, formerly, bought the eye it merits.

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France, by contrast, appealed to Lloyd George the Old Liberal – democratic, republican with a unique revolutionary tradition, antiaristocratic, anti-militarist, anti-clerical. As a child he was excited to hear of the Paris Commune of 1871 (with which Clemenceau had himself been entangled as mayor of Montmartre). He was particularly stirred by the passage of the disestablishment of the Church in France in late 1905, shortly before a general election in Britain in which Welsh Liberals would campaign for a similar disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales.

It is a great compliment to us, but it is not an easy matter to fulfil the mission’. In this context, there had been real French criticism of the Christmas truce of 1914, after which it was being said that ‘Britain has many men available; few are here; those that are here shake hands with Germans’. 34 Above all, French opinion was disappointed by Britain’s slowness in introducing conscription – to French thinking a normal part of democratic life, in Britain an unprecedented extension of state power over the citizen.

The German Empire, industrially thriving, Protestant and the land of Bismarckian social reform, appealed to Lloyd George the New Liberal, the apostle of social welfare. H. Dawson, who worked for him at the Board of Trade. Germany pushed Lloyd George in the direction of the creed of ‘national efficiency’. France, by contrast, appealed to Lloyd George the Old Liberal – democratic, republican with a unique revolutionary tradition, antiaristocratic, anti-militarist, anti-clerical. As a child he was excited to hear of the Paris Commune of 1871 (with which Clemenceau had himself been entangled as mayor of Montmartre).

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