Re: 100 years ago: Entente Cordiale
Walter Hinteler wrote:
Can this Entente be called "the pre-start of WWI"?
I'm not sure what you mean by "pre-start," Walter
. If you're suggesting that the Entente Cordiale was one of the pre-conditions of the war, I suppose that would be correct, but only in a limited way. It was a pre-condition for the war as it actually happened
: in other words, the Entente made it almost certain that, in any continental war, Britain would take the side of France.
On the other hand, if you're suggesting that the Entente, in some way, caused
the war, then I'd have to disagree. At most, it further restricted the range of choices available to European diplomats and leaders in the years leading up to the war, and this, in turn, made it more difficult to find compromise solutions to crises, as the July Crisis eventually demonstrated.
In short, the Entente made it inevitable that Britain and France would fight together, but it didn't make it inevitable that they would fight at all.