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date: 11 December 2019

(p. ix) Acknowledgements

(p. ix) Acknowledgements

The editors need to thank more people than can possibly be mentioned. Equally, there are people who must be conspicuously thanked for their unstinting support in the preparation of what has been an enormous effort on the part of many.

Professor Sir Michael Howard gave of his time to write the Foreword for an old Oxford student who listened in awe to his breadth of both knowledge and wisdom in his study in All Souls College, Oxford. The book is graced with his Foreword and the editors hope the book in some small way honours Sir Michael for his efforts over many years to squeeze sense out of academic stones.

Dominic Byatt, Elizabeth Suffling, and Sarah Parker at Oxford University Press have been a constant source of support, advice, and encouragement. It has been a real pleasure to work with such a professional team, who are now as much friends as colleagues.

Our respective wives, Corine and Isabelle, have tolerated and supported their rather mad husbands as they have used this book to explore the Anglo-French relationship to the full, albeit thankfully fortified with French liquid culture, rather than British. Whilst we both understand war somewhat better after the experience, we certainly better understand each other. Above all, we much appreciate two partners who believed in both the project and the pair of us from the outset and maintained that belief throughout the intellectual rambling that marked the long road to this book.

However, we must reserve special thanks for our forty-six senior and very busy authors all over the world who gave of their time so generously and made this book into a unique piece of literature that combines high-level insight, knowledge, and experience in a manner never before tried.

  We thank you all.

Yves Boyer

Julian Lindley-French

Blois, France

Alphen, Netherlands