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The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations 1906-1914
by David Owen
Haus Publishing, 2014
Paper: 978-1-908323-98-9 | Cloth: 978-1-908323-66-8 | eISBN: 978-1-908323-67-5
Library of Congress Classification UA647.O94 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 355.03354109041

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Using contemporary historical documents, David Owen, himself a former foreign secretary, shows how the foreign office’s underlying belief in Britain’s moral obligation to send troops to the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

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