The Last Act
The Crowe memorandum, assuming that the analysis it gave represented the views of the British government, made it clear that if the drift of things continued on an unaltered course the days of peace and of the Concert were numbered. Indeed they were, and this last chapter will concern itself briefly with three significant episodes. Two of them, the Bosnian annexation crisis of 1908–1909 and the Balkan Wars of 1912–1913, are instances of the collective agreement of Europe in resolving its differences in peace; yet they were also failures, for agreement was only purchased at the price of creating further dissatisfaction and resentment. The third, the July crisis of 1914, was the most unqualified failure of all.
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