The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations 1906-1914 by David OwenThe Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations 1906-1914 by David Owen

The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations 1906-1914

byDavid Owen

Paperback | September 15, 2015

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In 1905, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey agreed to speak secretly with his French counterparts about sending a British expeditionary force to France in the event of a German attack. Neither Parliament nor the rest of the Cabinet was informed. The Hidden Perspective takes readers back to these tense years leading up to World War I and re-creates the stormy Cabinet meetings in the fall of 1911 when the details of the military conversations were finally revealed.

Using contemporary historical documents, David Owen, himself a former foreign secretary, shows how the foreign office’s underlying belief in Britain’s moral obligation to send troops to the Continent influenced political decision-making and helped create the impression that war was inevitable. Had Britain’s diplomatic and naval strategy been handled more skillfully during these years, Owen contends, the carnage of World War I might have been prevented altogether.
David Owen has served as a member of Parliament, minister for the Navy, health minister, and foreign secretary. He is now an Independent Social Democrat in the House of Lords.
Title:The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations 1906-1914Format:PaperbackDimensions:273 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Haus PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1908323981

ISBN - 13:9781908323989

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“[A] well-researched, well-written and thought-provoking book, which does indeed force us to reappraise the causes of the Great War, or at least Britain’s decision to get involved in it.”