Gabriel Hanotaux

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Albert Auguste Gabriel Hanotaux, known as Gabriel Hanotaux (19 November 1853 – 11 April 1944) was a French statesman
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 and historian
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He was born at Beaurevoir
Beaurevoir is a commune in the department of Aisne in Picardy in northern France.-Population:...

 in the département of Aisne
Aisne is a department in the northern part of France named after the Aisne River.- History :Aisne is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Île-de-France, Picardie, and Champagne.Most of the old...

. He studied history at the École des Chartes, and became maître de conférence in the École des Hautes Études. His political career was that of a civil servant rather than a party politician. In 1879 he entered the ministry of foreign affairs as a secretary, and rose step by step through the diplomatic service.

In 1886 he was elected deputy for Aisne, but, defeated in 1889, he returned to his diplomatic career, and on 31 May 1894 was chosen by Charles Dupuy
Charles Dupuy
Charles Alexandre Dupuy was a French statesman, three times prime minister.-Biography:He was born in Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, where his father was a minor official. After a period as a professor of philosophy in the provinces, he was appointed a school inspector, thus obtaining a...

 to be minister of foreign affairs. With one interruption (during the Ribot ministry, from 26 January to 2 November 1895) he held this portfolio until 14 June 1898. During his ministry he developed the rapprochement of France with Russia—visiting Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
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 with the president, Félix Faure
Félix Faure
Félix François Faure was President of France from 1895 until his death.-Biography:Félix François Faure was born in Paris, the son of a small furniture maker...

—and sent expeditions to delimit the French colonies
French Colonies
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 in Africa. The Fashoda Incident
Fashoda Incident
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 of July 1898 was a result of this policy, and Hanotaux's distrust of England is frankly stated in his literary works.

Hanotaux was elected a member of the Académie française
Académie française
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 on 1 April 1897. He served as a delegate for France with the League of Nations
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 and participated in the 1st (15 November - 18 December 1920), 2nd (5 September - 5 October 1921), 3rd (4 September - 30 September, 1922) and 4th Assemblies (3 September - 29 September 1923). In the early 1920s, there was a proposal for the League of Nations to accept Esperanto
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 as their working language. Ten delegates accepted the proposal with only one voice against, the French delegate, Gabriel Hanotaux. Hanotaux did not like how the French language was losing its position as the international language of diplomacy and saw Esperanto as a threat.

Gabriel Hanotaux died in Paris in 1944 and was interred in the Passy Cemetery. His home in Orchaise
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 now serves as a botanical garden
Botanical garden
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, the Parc botanique du Prieuré d'Orchaise
Parc botanique du Prieuré d'Orchaise
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As a historian he published:
  • Origines de l'institution des intendants de provinces (1884), which is the authoritative study on the intendants
  • Études historiques sur les XVI et XVII siècles en France (1886)
  • Histoire de Richelieu (2 vols., 1888)
  • Histoire de la Troisième République (1904), the standard history of contemporary France.
  • "Jean D'Arc" (1911) Hachette
  • Histoire de la Guerre de 1914 (9 vols., 1914)
  • Le Traité de Versailles (1919)
  • Histoire de la Nation française (17 vols., 1920)

He edited the Instructions des ambassadeurs de France à Rome, depuis les traités de Westphalie (1888).

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