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The Fateful Alliance: France, Russia, and the Coming of the First World War epub ebook

by George F. Kennan

The Fateful Alliance: France, Russia, and the Coming of the First World War epub ebook

Author: George F. Kennan
Category: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Pantheon (September 12, 1985)
Pages: 300 pages
ISBN: 0394722310
ISBN13: 978-0394722313
Rating: 4.3
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Kennan tells us that the fateful Franco-Russian Alliance signed in 1894 was not a counterweight to Bismarck's Triple Alliance as historians have commonly alleged, but was in fact an agreement between France and Russia to attack and defeat the Central Powers (Germany and Austria) at th. .

Kennan tells us that the fateful Franco-Russian Alliance signed in 1894 was not a counterweight to Bismarck's Triple Alliance as historians have commonly alleged, but was in fact an agreement between France and Russia to attack and defeat the Central Powers (Germany and Austria) at the first propitious moment. Czar Alexander III who signed the "Alliance" on behalf of Russia died unexpectedly a few months later and Franco-Russian plans were put on hold

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George F. Kennan, February 16, 1904 - March 17, 2005 George Kennan was born Fe. Kennan, February 16, 1904 - March 17, 2005 George Kennan was born Feb. 16, 1904, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Saint John's Military Academy and then Princeton University, graduating in 1926 and entering the diplomatic corps. He is considered to have been the "architect" of the Cold War. Kennan was appointed Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1952, but was recalled in October after a diplomatic incident in Berlin where he compared the Soviet Union to Nazi Germany. Kennan retired from the Foreign Service in 1953, and joined the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he remained until retirement.

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Kennan, George (1984). The Fateful Alliance: France, Russia, and the Coming of the First World War. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 978-0-39453-494-7. Grandeur And Misery: France's Bid for Power in Europe, 1914-1940 (1995) pp 1–39. Consumption and Total Warfare in Paris (1914–1918). in F. Trentmann and F. Just, eds. Food and Conflict in Europe in the Age of the Two World Wars (2006) pp. 49–64. Bruce, Robert Bowman. A Fraternity of Arms: America and France in the Great War (UP of Kansas, 2003).

Alliance: France, Russia, and the Coming of the First World Wa.

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Kennan concentrates on who did what when, with what measure of vision or blindness. His book is a grand history of the making of the alliance, 1891-1894, as reconstructed by a practitioner of diplomacy

Kennan concentrates on who did what when, with what measure of vision or blindness. His book is a grand history of the making of the alliance, 1891-1894, as reconstructed by a practitioner of diplomacy. It is also a cautionary tale, seeing in the errors of the past, still persisting today, the possibilities of a future and all-destroying disaster: "In the history of the negotiations of the Franco-Russian Alliance one can witness the growth of a whole series of those aberrations, misunderstandings, and bewilderments that have played so tragic and fateful a part in the development.

Bibliographic Details. Title: The Fateful Alliance: France, Russia, and. Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York. Publication Date: 1984. Kennan's initial focus is specific: How did Russia and France agree in 1894 that in the event of even partial mobilization by the Triple Alliance they would immediately take hostile action against it? In answering this question he achieves nothing less than a masterful analysis of what was going wrong in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century and of what faults of vision had caused these wrongs.

Chronicles the collapse of a confident, forward-looking Europe into World War I
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Vikus
This book is a continuation of Kennan’s earlier book, The Decline of Bismarck’s European Order. Shorter, more focused. Like Thucydides, Kennan seems to be looking for universal patterns, or at least relevant historical analogies.

Throughout the book, George Kennan describes and comments on the hermetic environment of the very small number of diplomats and generals making the treaty. This is ironic coming from Kennan, who was part of a very small group of “Wise Men” who made Cold War strategy.

There is a similarity to the diplomats and generals of the French Third Republic. Like them, The Wise Men seemed to believe that their “class” could conduct foreign policy in a political vacuum, without thinking about domestic politics, public opinion or democratic political institutions. I doubt if this is the historical analogy George Kennan intended. See Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World That They Made.

Kennan makes a major point of criticizing narrow military thinking at the exclusion of clear political objectives and flexible strategies. This reflects his feeling that his nuanced Cold War strategy against Russia was hijacked by the military, to the exclusion of exploring possible ways to reduce tension or reach limited detente. It is consistent that Kennan was skeptical and then critical of the Vietnam War.

In a summary, Kennan seems to be saying that only the presence of nuclear weapons kept Russia and the United States from going to war.

In the Introduction, Kennan says there will be a third book on the period 1894 to 1918. As far as I know, he never wrote this book. The two books he did write could have been preparatory to analyzing the seminal event of the 20th Century, the origins and outbreak of World War I. I can’t think of anyone who was better qualified to write this history. That he didn’t detracts from the value of these outstanding but narrowly focused histories.

Yla
This book is very interesting, very innovative. It presents an accurate view of the european events that created the climate for WW I. Curisously, and paradoxically, it is practically impossible to find in Europe, even less in Madrid, Spain. May be it should be translated into french and russian, since the episodes described are, somehow, the pattern of what has been the foreign policy of the main powers in Europe. It helps to understand, not only the First World war, but also, the dynamics on European recent history.
Kennan was a man that rarely appears in the public service: committed, cultivated, curious, and a wonderful writer. I knew the existence of this book thanks to John Lukacs' book, "George Kennan, a study of character". This one, fortunately, is available in spanish. Reading Kennan should be part of the training for diplomats, and not only American ones.
The copy of "The fateful alliance" I bought is very well published and in excellent condition, what helps to the reading.

Whitehammer
The product arrived in good shape.

misery
George F. Kennan, the 'eminence grise' of American politics has at long last answered the question of who started the Great War of 1914-18. Kennan tells us that the fateful Franco-Russian Alliance signed in 1894 was not a counterweight to Bismarck's Triple Alliance as historians have commonly alleged, but was in fact an agreement between France and Russia to attack and defeat the Central Powers (Germany and Austria) at the first propitious moment. Czar Alexander III who signed the "Alliance" on behalf of Russia died unexpectedly a few months later and Franco-Russian plans were put on hold. But two decades later, the son of Alexander III, the woefully unprepared Nicholas II carried out his father's ambition to control Constantinople and the Straits.

Kennan's book, like his earlier works, is fully documented and written in clear, compelling prose. This book is MUST reading for anyone wanting to understand the cause(s) of World War 1.

Ndyardin
Kennan's book is a useful study of how the Franco-Russian Alliance was negotiated. However, the book doesn't study the actual outbreak of war in 1914, and attempts by the Christopher Clarks of the world to "pin" WW1 on the French and Russians because of this treaty don't hold water.

The problem is that, while Kennan argues that the treaty provided for the allies' *hostilities* in the event of enemy *mobilization* - which was probably unwise and dangerous for it to do - that's not how the 1914 war actually came about. Russia mobilized without the Germans' declaring war, in reaction to Austrian mobilization (and because, as everyone knew, it would take Russia longer to get its armies to the frontiers than any other power). France did *not* then declare war on Germany; in fact, as everyone knows, Germany took the lead in declaring war first vs. Russia and France.

So whatever the intentions of certain diplomats in 1894, the way the war shook out in 1914 can't be blamed on the terms of the Franco-Russian treaty.

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