Empire Review Volume 9

Empire Review Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...more friendly relations than had existed for many years past between ourselves and our nearest neighbours. It was probably understood that if any objection to the AngloFrench agreement should be raised by other Powers, our moral support would be given to one other. But, unless the compact has been completely misunderstood, it did not bind either party to anything more than this. In other words the compact was an agreement, not an alliance. I have no great faith in Lord Rosebery as an authority on foreign affairs, but I think in his speech the other day at the annual dinner of the Liberal League, he expressed, with singular felicity, the views of sensible Englishmen in regard to the AngloFrench entente cordiale. To quote his words as reported: I am pleased at our international affections, I welcome all our international sympathies; but I view with alarm and with distrust the simultaneous growth of international enmities. The one is not necessarily consequent upon the other; and I, for my part, warmly as I welcome the generous eloquence of international sympathy, should prefer to see as the basis of our foreign policy a more cold-blooded vigilance, a reckoning of all the great forces that move in the world, not the exclusive fixing of the attention on one or two. Put into less ornate language, what Lord Eosebery says is that the Anglo-French agreement is a good thing for England so long as it develops friendship between her and France, but a bad thing if it promotes animosity between her and Germany. This is the plain truth. The fact that the German Empire does not approve of the action, or proposed action, of France in Morocco is, to speak openly, no concern of ours. When England has made known to Germany that she is prepared to accept herself the...show more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236595432
  • 9781236595430