The Fortnightly Review Volume . 68

The Fortnightly Review Volume . 68

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...place, to take joint action for the preservation of the peace of the Balkans; it then pledges them to take measures to assure the status quo in the East by pressing on the Porte the thorough reorganisation of the administration and finances of the Ottoman Empire; and, finally, it provides for the contingency of a break up of Turkey by defining the spheres of influence of the two contracting parties. There can be no doubt that this agreement is one of the most important international compacts concluded in our time. Here, however, I am only concerned to consider it in relation to the German Emperor's management of the foreign politics of his country. No superhuman penetration is required to see that it constitutes a serious blow to the Triple Alliance. In form that alliance may still persist, but the binding force of a common danger has now passed from it so far as Austria is concerned. The gravity of the situation thus brought about is aggravated by the fact that sinoe Adowa, Italy has scarcely been an effective member of the Triple Alliance, and that she would certainly not follow Germany in any policy directed against Great Britain. We may now sum up the results of the Emperor "William's activity in the domain of foreign politics since his dismissal of Prince Bismarck. These are: --1. Germany has lost her position as the leading power in Europe. 2. Russia has taken her place. 3. France has become the ally of Russia. 4. The Triple Alliance has almost ceased to exist. 5. England has been alienated from Germany; and 6. The bond between Russia and Germany has been snapped and not renewed. We have lately been told that out of this confusion a new European system is to be constructed by the genius of the German Emperor. The idea is that the five...show more

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  • Paperback | 454 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 803g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123648908X
  • 9781236489081