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

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Clarke remembered ‘bad hours’ for British residents in Paris while the Asquith government decided between peace and war in early August 1914, and Pearl Adam recalled that ‘we British had more than one awkward moment with our French friends’. Once again such memories were published only long after the event; as soon as Britain declared war, there was relief for the expatriates of what Le Figaro now hailed as ‘La Loyale Angleterre’. E. Clarke noted that after that bad moment French workmen gave up their seats for her on the Paris Metro, as they had John Ramsden 21 never done in peacetime.

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 British Museum (Library), Bibliography of Books on the Great War Acquired between 1914 and 1919 (Unpublished.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). 3. See for example the Times Literary Supplement, 21 December 1916; among the provincial libraries whose de-accessioned stock provided material at the British Library during research for this chapter were Paisley, Salford, Gateshead, Rotherham, Merthyr Tydfil and Rochdale.

Each of them had one highly useful and highly dubious ally, the arms manufacturer Sir Basil Zaharoff, a French citizen of Armenian origin, who used his money to finance Clemenceau’s newspaper enterprises in the 1890s and acted as an unofficial intermediary for Lloyd George in Eastern Europe and Asia Minor in 1917–20. He was widely claimed to have been responsible for the immensely pro-Turkish thrust of British politics in the leadup to the Chanak crisis in October 1922. Some murmured that Zaharoff must have had a hold on both leaders.

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