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By Ward Just

Harry Sanders is a tender international provider officer in Nineteen Sixties Indochina while a perilous and clandestine assembly with insurgents-ending in quiet disaster-and a quick yet passionate come across with Sieglinde, a tender German lady, adjust the process his life.

Absorbing the influence of his misstep, Harry returns in short to Washington prior to eventual assignments in Africa, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean. He marries the fascinating may well, who's fleeing her family disappointments in tired top New England and seeking out an break out into Harry's diplomatic existence. at the floor, they're a good-looking, winning couple-but the reminiscence of Sieglinde persists in Harry's strategies, and will has her personal secrets and techniques too. As Harry navigates the more and more treacherous waters of international relations in an age of interminable clash, he additionally attempts to bridge the distances among himself and the 2 appealing girls who've selected to like him.

Ward simply, returning to his trademark territory of Forgetfulness and the elements in Berlin, gives you an completely compelling tale of american citizens attempting to run the realm, but failing to grasp their lives.

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La distinzione tra le due anime – quella moderata e l’altra (quella moderata è al governo nel momento in cui scoppia la guerra) – è una distinzione che viene ad accordarsi con le conclusioni della commissione d’inchiesta e dei documenti resi noti all’epoca, secondo cui la Germania non ebbe una responsabilità prevalente nello scoppio del conflitto. L’interpretazione mirante a una «equa suddivisione» delle responsabilità, è dunque in un’ottica tedesca originata da un’ala per così dire moderato-conservatrice, che salva la dignità del grande impero tedesco, sottraendolo all’accusa di guerrafondaio impenitente, provocatore di guerre.

Gaffe perché, evidentemente, quella parte dell’inchiesta che aveva accertato le responsabilità degli attentatori come provenienti da un ambiente serbo, era una parte indiscutibile. A quel punto si scatena una campagna di stampa fortissima, una campagna di stampa reciproca di giornali serbi e di giornali austriaci, con accuse brucianti e incontrollate, che sono di solito il preludio all’aggravarsi delle crisi internazionali e talvolta addirittura il preludio ad un vero e proprio passaggio alle armi.

Fermo restando che ci sono delle valutazioni che coinvolgono l’intero processo, e comportamenti che coinvolgono i governi nel loro complesso, tuttavia ci sono poi articolazioni interne che vanno segnalate. Come vedremo nel caso tedesco, queste articolazioni interne saranno all’origine addirittura di una contrapposizione storiografica piuttosto interessante. Abbiamo detto, e ripetuto, dell’oltranzismo del governo austriaco. Il governo austriaco in sostanza si muove nella prospettiva di uno scontro inevitabile: per cui fa esso stesso un’inchiesta ed è un’inchiesta sommaria; pone condizioni irricevibili per ottenere un rifiuto e procede nella convinzione, non del tutto infondata, che l’automatismo delle clausole della Triplice Alleanza avrebbe comportato lo schieramento della Germania al fianco dell’Austria – eventualmente anche l’Italia, che era legata al medesimo patto.

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