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(1920) [MARC] Author: Anatolij Nekljudov - Tema: War, Russia
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CHAPTER XVII
THE TRAGIC WEEK
The tragic week—President Poincare’s arrival—Banquet at the
Palace—M. Poincare’s advice—“The torch of Bellona”—Germans determined
on war—Last conversation with my German colleague, Reichenau;
“the war will kill the monarchical principle”—Duties of a
monarch—Colonel Kandauroft’s tidings—The Emperor Nicolas wishes to
avoid war at all costs—Deep emotion in Sweden—I suggest, if
necessary, energetic action in Bulgaria—War is declared—“Let us drain the
cup to the dregs”
289-305
CHAPTER XVIII
SWEDISH NEUTRALITY
What will Sweden do?—Audience of the King; reassuring words of
H.M.—France and England offer guarantees to Sweden—We associate
ourselves with this declaration—Neutrality of Sweden; pacificist sentiments
of most of the country—England’s decision—Russians fleeing from
Germany inundate Stockholm; tragico-comic scenes—Refugees of
note—Our Ambassador arrives from Berlin—Generous hospitality of
the Swedes—Tales of German brutality—First events of the war;
Russian reverses; the luck turns; the Marne victory; German
propaganda—Our advance in Galicia—Grand-Duke Nicolas’ Manifesto on
the subject of Poland—Decisive hour for the Empire of the
Hapsburgs—Aims of Russian diplomacy—Neither Austria nor Russia profit by
this hour—Our mistakes in Galicia—Turkey enters the war—In spite of
the agitation of Germanophiles and Activists, the absolute-neutrality
party gains ground in Sweden—Interview of the three Scandinavian
Monarchs
306-331
CHAPTER XIX
SWEDEN IN 1915
Economic situation of Sweden during the war—Temporary
prosperity—The hold over Sweden possessed by the Entente Powers on one side
(the grip of the Entente) and by Germany on the other—Causes of the
economic influence of Germany—A strange tangle—Perfect
co-operation of the Entente representatives in Stockholm—Baron von Lucius;
intrigues of the German Legation—My official attitude—Decrease in
Swedish hostility to Russia; the Murman railway; the Straits; the
case of M. Perrichon—I wish to build for the future—Finland for
Sweden—Russian reverses in 1915 encourage Sven-Hedin
afresh—German peace proposals—The Yul-Klappor and Swedish
indignation—Prince Gortchakoff and M. de Giers—The understanding between the
three Scandinavian countries counter-balances the efforts of the
Activists—The question of the Aland Islands
332-357
CHAPTER XX
WAR SUFFERERS
The Russians in Sweden during the war—The Russian committee of
benevolence—Prisoners’ correspondence—The Duke of Amalfi and the
splendid work of the Spanish Legation—The Y.M.C.A.—Treatment
of prisoners of war in Germany—Conference of the Red Cross
representatives in Stockholm, and improvement resulting from it—The
ambulance trains—Humanity of the Swedes—Touching scenes; a

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