The Diplomacy of the Great War

The Diplomacy of the Great War

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... asset to the Autocracy. It was a fine-sounding slogan, like "Patriotism." It would rally to its support a great many highminded men and behind it all sorts of scoundrelism could find refuge. It would increase the prestige and solidify the rule of his Imperial Master; it would foment discontent and insurrection in the rival realm of the Hapsburgs. So, Napoleon III. saw that if Italy and North Germany realized their ambition for national unity, it would be at the expense of Austria. But at this period when the Germans were breaking away from Austrian predominance in the North and the scattered Italian States were uniting under the House of Savoy, no one spoke of this "right to national unity" as inherent. In the official mind, such "rights" had no a priori foundation, they depended upon and grew out of "might." Individual idealists like Byron might enlist in the cause of Greek independence but the governments of the Great Powers did not recognize any "rights" in the case, until the Greeks had shown that they were strong enough to set all Europe by the ears. This attitude dominated the diplomats at Berlin in 1878. No one had a right to national unity unless they had won it, and to only so much of it as they had won. The diplomats recognized certain faits accomplis, fragments of several nations had won their independence, Turkey was not strong enough to re-conquer them. But aside from such cases, they drew frontiers to suit themselves without any concern for the facts of ethnology nor for the wishes of the populations so summarily disposed of. It would have seemed grotesque to Bismarck and his colleagues at Berlin, if anyone had suggested that Serbia--for instance--had a "right" to...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987497
  • 9781236987495