The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations 1906-1914

The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations 1906-1914

by David Owen

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Overview

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Using contemporary historical documents, David Owen, himself a former foreign secretary, shows how the foreign office’s underlying belief in Britain’s moral obligation to send troops to the Continent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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908323675
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Chapter One: From Balance of Power to Entente

Chapter Two: The Military Conversations

Chapter Three: The Cabinet Asserts Itself in 1911

Chapter Four: Last Chances for Peace – the Haldane and Tyrrell Missions

Appendix: Memorandum on the Present State of British Relations with France and Germany, 1907, written by Eyre Crowe

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