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The Two Edwards
The Two Edwards

The Two Edwards

How King Edward VII and Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey Fomented the First World War


192 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9781634241748

Rights: WOR

Trine Day (May 2018)


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A fascinating analysis of two unlikely figures who contributed to the outbreak of global war

At the turn of the 20th century, British leaders came to a decision to confront and neutralize the German empire. The fateful decision required treaties, agreements, accords, and contracts that could only be made with the prestige and gravitas of a King. Safely ensconced on his royal yacht, HMY Victoria and Albert, protected by a flotilla of British warships and thousands of miles away from troublesome ministers who might remind the King that he was overstepping his constitutional authority, King Edward VII concluded treaties with both members of the anti-German Franco-Russian Alliance. First with France in 1904, then with Russia in 1907, this was the grand achievement, strongly backed by his powerful Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, of King Edward's near decade-long reign, It was this alliance between Britain, France, and Russia—known to history as the Triple Entente—which took the field against the Central Powers in 1914.

Author Biography

Peter Hof is the author of Our Century and The Two Edwards.