Canadians in Russia, 1918-1919 by Roy MacLaren

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The powder keg had found its spark. ULTIMATUM: THE ROAD TO WAR The New York Times report and Emperor Franz Joseph The bodies of Franz Ferdinand and his wife body were returned to Vienna, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, for burial. The Archduke had never been particularly popular in Austria-Hungary. His uncle, the Emperor Franz Joseph, had only reluctantly chosen him as his successor—a consequence of the suicide of his own son, Crown Prince Rudolph. So pronounced was his disdain for his heir that, even though he had returned from his summer vacation, he didn’t even bother to attend his nephew’s state funeral.

The fact that Russia and Germany had moved from mutually supporting each other in the event that one of them found itself at war to being neutral underscores the steady divergence in Russian-German relations over this period. This neutrality would be applicable if Germany attacked France or Russia attacked Austria. In a secret protocol, Germany also pledged to remain neutral in the event of a Russian intervention in the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles. Leo von Caprivi The three-year treaty remained in force until 1890.

Many of these bonds, still unredeemed, still circulate today and remain at the root of countless financial scams. The new alliance made all things Russian the height of fashion in Paris. From the Ballets Russe to vodka and caviar, Russian culture was greeted with open arms by Russia’s new French allies. In 1898, Germany enacted the first, of what would eventually be four separate, Fleet Acts as part of a deliberate policy of challenging British naval supremacy. The German action came at a time when Britain, as a consequence of international disapproval of its actions in the Boer War, was finding itself increasingly isolated in the international community.

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