The Decline of Bismarck's European Order: Franco-Russian Relations 1875-1890: Franco-Prussian Relations, 1875-1890

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"Mr. Kennan takes full advantage of the colorful opportunities that the Franco-Russian romance presents. He has not only advanced our knowledge significantly by impressive research; he presents his results with great skill; he writes beautifully, harmoniously, and vividly. He is at his best when revealing how human frailties played havoc with national interests."-- Theodore Zeldin, The New York Times Book Review

"Our former Ambassador to Russia and Yugoslavia brings to this study the attributes of a seasoned diplomat, historian, and linguist. With admirable clarity and fluency, Kennan . . . untangles the skein of European and Balkan politics of the late 1800s . . . and traces the rise of nationalism and militarism which led to W.W.I."-- Publishers Weekly

"The world which George Kennan describes with great elegance and skill and with much lively atmospheric detail is the world of traditional nineteenth-century diplomacy. . . . The great achievement of George Kennan's book is that he uses his scholarship and his extensive knowledge of the large body of secondary literature on the Franco-Russian Alliance to remind us how high diplomacy of the late nineteenth century looked to contemporaries."-- James Joll, The New York Review of Books

"This is a serious historical volume, but the people it involves, those who influenced or controlled Franco-Russian relations from 1875 to 1890, are . . . a most astonishing set of zanies, scalawags, and fanatics, all vividly characterized by Mr. Kennan."-- The Atlantic Monthly

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"This is a serious historical volume, but the people it involves, those who influenced or controlled Franco-Russian relations from 1875 to 1890, are . . . a most astonishing set of zanies, scalawags, and fanatics, all vividly characterized by Mr. Kennan."--"The Atlantic Monthly"

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