‘The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.’
Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey spoke his famous words in August 1914 as Britain entered into war with Germany – a war that unravelled a life’s work of peacekeeping in Europe. In 2014 Sir Edward’s great-great-nephew unearthed a private record of King George V urging war upon Grey, deeming it ‘absolutely essential’ in order to prevent Germany from realising its ambitions. Thomas Otte (Statesman of Europe) and Heather Jones (For King and Country) join Allan Mallinson (1914: Fight the Good Fight) to present a fresh understanding of the descent into war, and to explore how the characters and interests of these two key players influenced their decisions and actions both before and during the conflict.
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