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    Orestes. Ferrara, Mildred Stapley
Subtitle: A Searching Examination Into the Play and Counterplay of European Politics From the Franco-Prussian War to the Outburst of the Great World War General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1917 Original Publisher: American-neo-Latin library Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 World war, 1914-1918 History / Military / World War I Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER III FRANCE AND RUSSIA CONQUERED and isolated, France's first duty was to establish her new republican institutions, reinforce her army, and reorganize her finance. All this she did more rapidly than was expected. Next she sought to establish alliances and in short to isolate her terrible enemy. How well she succeeded is demonstrated by present events. France's most powerful neighbors were Germany, Italy and England. Of these the first, ever since she defeated Austria at Sadowa, had bound that nation to her by skilful international policy of the only sort that Germany ever practiced with success: their union, moreover, rested upon common racial origin. The second, Italy, had twice improved her prospects of unity, thanks to Bismarck. The third, England, though she appeared indifferent to Continental affairs and was absorbed in great work elsewhere, was nevertheless considered the hereditary enemy. France consequently could only turn her eyes to Russia and offer her an offensive and defensive alliance. The idea was not without precedent. It had been advanced by men like Chateaubriand and the Duke of Richelieu: but the interior regime of both countries, along with the political mistakes of the Second Empire and the Third Republic, had excluded all possibility of union. The Crimean War and the intervention in Polis...  
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