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Sovereigns and Statesmen of Europe written by Princess Catherine Radziwill (Catherine Kolb-Danvin), books also by the Same Author- Memories of Forty Years The Royal Marriage Market of Europe with Eight Photogravure Illustrations and anMoreSovereigns and Statesmen of Europe written by Princess Catherine Radziwill (Catherine Kolb-Danvin), books also by the Same Author- Memories of Forty Years The Royal Marriage Market of Europe with Eight Photogravure Illustrations and an interactive Table of Contents, was published in London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne in 1915 (316 pages)The Publisher has copy-edited this book to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of the text to make it readable. This did not involve changing the substance of the text. Some books, due to age and other factors may contain imperfections. Since there are many books such as this one that are important and beneficial to literary interests, we have made it digitally available and have brought it back into print for the preservation of printed works of the past.Contents:Introduction — Chapter 1. Russia — Chapter 2. France — Chapter 3. Austria — Chapter 4. Bulgaria and Servia — Chapter 5. Belgium and Greece — Chapter 6. Italy — Chapter 7. Turkey — Chapter 8. Germany — Chapter 9. England — Chapter 10. Good-byeIntroduction....SOMEONE has remarked, with little truth and possibly as little wit, that in the twentieth century sovereigns are but a relic of a bygone age, and statesmen of problematic use now that we have the telegraph and telephone....One has only to remember that the greatest war the world has ever seen was brought about by the will of ruling monarchs, and to observe how sovereigns personally have been leading their peoples in the crises that have arisen since Germany threw the gauntlet in the face of the civilised world, to become convinced of the falsity of such a straining after epigram....Monarchs have become once more the arbiters of the destinies of their peoples by exercising their power and personal initiative to a far greater extent than any sovereign has been called upon to do since the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. During this last couple of years, too, diplomatists and statesmen — far more than Parliaments and people — have had to make momentous decisions on their own responsibility with a finality that allowed no time for redeeming mistakes....I do not think that I am claiming too much in saying that when the terms of that peace for which the whole world is longing will have to be discussed, this personal initiative is sure to become even more important. It seems to me, therefore, that those who will have to stand before history as responsible for that peace deserve to be described and their characters to be studied....Modern statesmen are very painstaking individuals- good workers for the most part, and honest men without doubt, but, if I am to speak quite frankly, I cannot find anywhere, except in England, diplomats of transcending genius....I feel convinced that Britain will take the lead in the settlement- and as one of Russian birth I have the greater liberty to say that I believe British statesmen most fully possess the wisdom, political knowledge, and fine sense of proportion necessary to give the balanced consideration which comes of a long-sighted vision to the arduous and complicated questions which will arise at every step and turn....Britain is the only country that had no need to fight. She took up the sword for the sake of a principle and out of respect for her own signature. Her chivalry in maintaining the rights of Belgium has assigned to her the foremost place in Europe, and most certainly has given her the moral as well as the material right to have a leading voice in future negotiations.CATHERINE KOLB-DANVIN(Princess Catherine Radziwill).