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Crimea Crisis Haunted by Ghosts of Bungled World War I Diplomacy

War was coming to Europe and the French president, Raymond Poincare, was literally at sea.

Poincare’s trip across the Baltic Sea to St. Petersburg to shore up France’s alliance with Russia in July 1914 cut him off from outside contact for days, adding one more layer of uncertainty to the chaotic, ultimately failed diplomacy that ended in World War I.