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(1920) [MARC] Author: Anatolij Nekljudov - Tema: War, Russia
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CHAPTER VI
THE SERBO-BULGARIAN TREATY
Serbo-Bulgarian negotiations—Demarcation of the “spheres of influence”
in Macedonia—Fixing boundaries—Conversations with the King—I
warn St. Petersburg of the dangers which might result from a
Serbo-Bulgarian alliance—The alliance is concluded with our
approval—Festivities for the coming-of-age of Prince Boris—Personal service
rendered to King Ferdinand by H.I.M. the Emperor—Audience of the
King before my departure for St. Petersburg—Ferdinand’s perplexities
and suspicions
52-66
CHAPTER VII
RASPUTIN
Arrival in St. Petersburg; violent speech by M. Gutchkoff at the
Duma—Rasputin; his peculiarities become a subject for scandal; his
influence—Mlle. Tutcheff—Audience of H.I.M. the Emperor—The Empress
Alexandra spends an afternoon in St. Petersburg—Conversation with
General Jilinsky, the Chief of the General Staff—Conversations with
MM. Kokovtzoff and Gutchkoff; drawing-room gossip—Reception at
the Sazonoffs’; the “Rasputin crisis” is successfully settled—I return
to Sofia
67-81
CHAPTER VIII
INTRIGUES AT SOFIA
Bulgarian “activist” party; M. Danev’s journey to Russia—Colonel
Merrone—Italian military circles know of the Serbo-Bulgarian
agreement—Intrigues directed against me; I fall into disfavour with
Ferdinand; the King’s candidates for my post; M. Rizov enters the
arena—M. Schelking—A brother-in-law of my predecessor—My
reconciliation with the King—Rumours of my recall—Journey to
Constantinople; conversations with M. de Giers and with General Holmsen;
their opinion of the Turkish Army—Political ferment in Sofia and
Belgrade; my telegram of the 4th July; my warning disregarded;
Kotchana and Ishtib incidents—M. Gutchkoff in Sofia and
Belgrade—Prince Alexander goes to inspect the army—The Schipka Veterans’
Fête; “it is war!”—M. de Giers warns Bulgaria—Europe does not
believe it—Jubilee for the twenty-five years’ reign of Ferdinand—M.
Sazonoff’s apathy
82-107
CHAPTER IX
THE BALKAN WAR, 1912
Mobilisation of the Balkan allies; futile protests of the Cabinets; war
breaks out—First decisive successes of the Allies—Lozengrad
taken—Greco-Bulgarian incident at Salonika—Victory of Lule-Burgas;
Bulgarians and Greeks at Salonika; torrential rains alone stop the
Bulgarian advance—King Ferdinand’s elation; his inordinate ambition;
his dreams—Reverse of Chataldja—In St. Petersburg the question of
the “prohibited area” in Thrace is raised; I succeed in causing this
prohibition to be removed—Russian concessions—Ferdinand wishes to
have Rodosto at any cost—General Radko-Dmitriev’s mission to St.
Petersburg—The Bulgarians allow the propitious moment for the
conclusion of peace to escape
108-131

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