The Living Age Volume 305

The Living Age Volume 305

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...of a futile effort to reconcile the two neighboring peoples prior to the outbreak of the war. We do not propose to discuss point by point the charges against the accused. We must admit that Caillaux was imprudent and heedless in his conduct--that he was the friend of men who have since been shot for treason. Against this there is a certain set-off in the despicable espionage which Clemenceau's government employed to implicate him in guilt--the employment of police, bribery, theft, and forgery. Nothing was balked at in order to get witnesses and evidence. Last summer, one could read the unsavory narrative of these intrigues in the radical French papers. They gave us the impression that instead of preparations for a great state trial we were witnessing an improbable Sherlock Holmes romance. In reality, the matter at issue is the pacifist policy which Caillaux followed during the Agadir crisis in the summer of 1911, a policy which in the eyes of all of his political opponents, from President Poincare to the royalist leader, Leon Daudet, could not be regarded otherwise than a crime. Frenchmen either believed a war of revenge was a holy duty, and that a policy designed to avoid a war was high treason; or they considered the recovery of Alsace-Lorraine not worth the mutual slaughter of nations. To people of the latter belief, Chauvinism seemed a sin endangering the whole community. Whether we consider the assassination of Juares or the persecution of Caillaux, we come up at once against these irreconcilable views. In the winter of 1914 the radical parties led by Caillaux had formed a solid front in opposition to the Chauvinist policy of Poincare, Barthou, and Millerand. By a clever electoral compromise with more

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  • Paperback | 442 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 785g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789431
  • 9781236789433