The Franco-Prussian war and its hidden causes

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byEmile Ollivier

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI OUR INABILITY TO NEGOTIATE -- OTTR PERPLEXITY / The aggression being manifest, we had the right, /without a word, to recall our reserves, to despatch ,-' them to the frontier, and, when they had concentrated there, to announce the beginning of hostilities by a flag of truce sent to the outposts. We gave a striking proof of our moderation by not making use of our undeniable privilege of immediate reprisals. We did more: instead of discussing the course to be pursued in case the Hohenzollern should actually become King of Spain, we tried to prevent him from becoming so. We determined to defeat the plot and to avoid war by diplomatic_negotiations. We encountered much incredulity in the experienced men to whom we confided our purpose. However, we persisted in our determination to negotiate, without knowing just how. Gramont and I had expounded the rules of international law; the Emperor had- approved our theoretical conclusions; but that carried us a very short distance. It remained to discover the way to avoid falling over the precipice to whose brink Prim's haste and Thile's persiflage had driven us. On the 5th, at ten in the morning, the Emperor summoned us -- Gramont and myself -- to Saint-Cloud, for consultation. If we had sought simply a pretext for war, the conversation would have been very short; we had that pretext at hand, and to make use of it would not have been difficult. But although we were resolved to forbid the HohenzoHern^andidacy,_£yen at the~cb~sTrof_vyar," we were passionately desirous that it *{iould disappear wlfhoutrwan-- Beust, whose prudence had been highly praised to us, proposed a most original plan: let the French government declare that, being offended by Prussia's action, it could do no less than forbid Prince Leopold to pass over its terri...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI OUR INABILITY TO NEGOTIATE -- OTTR PERPLEXITY / The aggression being manifest, we had the right, /without a word, to recall our reserves, to de...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.36 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217759882

ISBN - 13:9780217759885

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