Building the Entente Cordiale
In this chapter, Kempshall examines relations between Britain and France from the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars until the outbreak of the First World War. He examines the importance of events such as Fashoda, the Dreyfus Affair, and the Boer War in complicating relations between Britain and France in the nineteenth century. However, through analysis of the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War, Kempshall shows how Britain and France came to be joined in a military alliance to confront the growing threat of Germany. This chapter then concludes with a further study of the role of the army in both Britain and France, how different notions of citizenship divided the men of these two countries, and how the British lacked an understanding of French identity in Europe.