The subject of the study is presented in this chapter: the French Foreign Ministry — the Quai d'Orsay — between 1898 and 1914. The chapter explains that the period chosen showcases several important events that occurred which includes the illustrious career of Théophile Delcassé, Fashoda and the associated crisis, and the onset war that provided a natural conclusion to an eventful era of French Diplomacy. This chapter argues that despite the evident significance of the Quai d'Orsay, relative treatment has been given to the topic by several writers and scholars. The goal of the book is also demonstrated here which is to contribute to the historiography and the controversy surrounding the origins of the First World War.
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