Fashoda and the Crisis in Anglo-French Relations

  • Christopher Andrew


DURING his first months in office Delcassé frequently assured the English ambassador, Sir Edmund Monson, of his desire for an Anglo-French rapprochement; he also described ‘as eminently desirable a cordial understanding between England, France, and Russia’.1 It might well be argued that these overtures to England reflected only the weakness of France’s position with the approach of the Fashoda crisis. Delcassé himself foresaw this argument; he wrote to his wife on 7 October: ‘I hope it has been realised that the desire for an agreement with England, very freely expressed by me since I became foreign minister, came not from a feeling of weakness but from a general conception of policy’.2 Monson, at least, believed him. ‘I really do believe that the little man is honest in saying this’, he told Salisbury.3


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  • Christopher Andrew
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  1. 1.CambridgeUSA

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