Britain, France and the Entente Cordiale since 1904 by Antoine Capet (eds.)

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The True Story of Alsace-Lorraine (London: Chatto & Windus, 1918). Wharton, Edith. Fighting France (London: Macmillan, 1915). E. The Marne Campaign (London: Constable, 1917). Notes 1. Peter Buitenhuis, The Great War of Words: Literature as Propaganda, 1914–18 and After (London: Batsford, 1989), p. 59. 2. British Museum (Library), Bibliography of Books on the Great War Acquired between 1914 and 1919 (Unpublished. S. Ensor, A Subject Bibliography of the First World War: Books in English 1914–1978 (London: Deutsch, 1979).

The two armies did after all mainly fight in separate battles, or in separate sectors of the same battlefields, so that intermingling of the nationalities was always limited – far more limited than was the case, for example, when so many Americans trained in Britain in 1942–44. Hence it could be believed even by Clarke, a strong supporter of the Entente and long-term resident in France, that ‘If you are French you are volatile. Always there is a little reserve behind our admiration, however sincere our admiration may be.

Keynes now changed his opinions radically and applauded Lloyd George’s endeavours. Lloyd George sought peace with Germany, a deferring and scaling down of reparations payments. He withdrew all British troops from Russia. He still focussed on keeping the Entente with France alive, in partnership with Briand, until his fall from power. But in the end, French 38 Britain, France and the Entente Cordiale since 1904 nationalism as voiced by Poincaré, American hemispheric isolationism, Russian commitment to world revolution and German unreliability shown by their Treaty of Rapallo with the Russians, were all too much for him.

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