Childhood and origins[ edit ] De Gaulle's birth house in Lillenow a national museum De Gaulle was born in the industrial region of Lille in the Nord departmentthe third of five children. He was raised in a devoutly Catholic and traditional family.
He is considered by many the most accomplished European diplomat of his age, with a diplomatic career that began with his mission to London in January to persuade Great Britain to remain neutral as revolutionary France battled the rest of Europe.
His final diplomatic achievement was the conclusion of a formal alliance among Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, and France. Nevertheless, he is most often remembered today for the many epigrams attributed to him, of which my favorite is "Surtout, pas trop de zele," often translated as "Above all, not too much zeal.
Talleyrand's words came back to me recently as I listened to both presumptive-presidential candidates outlining their views on national security issues and declaring what their future decisions would be with regard to war and peace in different circumstances.
Personally, the experience acquired over my diplomatic career leads me to generally disregard such commitments. Statements made in the heat of a political election campaign cannot help but suffer from a surfeit of zeal, intended as they often are to pander to the perceived enthusiasms of all or a part of the electorate.
The United States has had past experiences with the harmful impact of enthusiasms on political-military decision-making. I, for one, want to believe that the next President of the United States will ponder any decisions about peace, war, national security, and the future of the nation with a cool and rational consideration of the merits of the issue at hand — and not by trying to remember what promise he may have made on the campaign trail.
From infancy Talleyrand suffered from some physical distortion in his feet which proved to bring with it an impaired physical mobility. Given the circles, and the times, in which Talleyrand lived this inevitably placed some limitations on his likely future career.
Talleyrand was even formally stripped of some of his birth rights e. One of Talleyrand's uncles was an archbishop and, as his physical disability was not a disqualification for clerical life, he was educated in theology at the seminary of Saint Sulpice despite his not having had any religious vocation.
He was ordained a priest inand in was appointed agent-general of the French clergy - a role that involved great responsibilities with the finances of the Church.
In March Talleyrand was named Bishop of Autun. Later that year Talleyrand was present in the Estates General that convened at Versailles from May to make representations before the King in relation to how a deep financial crisis in the French Royal state should be addressed.
There was an ancient tradition whereby an Estates General functioned in three sections - Aristocratic, Clerical, and Third Estate or Commoner - and Talleyrand initially opposed the proposal of that these three Estates should instead jointly convene as a National Assembly.
Talleyrand found that, given the overall approach of those opposed to such a National Assembly and other reforms, he preferred to confine his own involvements to financial matters.
In the event the initial meetings of the Estates General were followed by a number of developments over the following weeks including the formation of a National Assembly against the wishes of the King and by demands for a Constitution that would provide a legal framework for the governance of France as a Constitutional monarchy.
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In early August there was a dramatic renunciation of the previously feudal nature of French society. As the financing of the French state remained precarious Talleyrand, in turbulent times, proposed, on 10th October, that the lands of the church could be taken up by the Assembly into the service of the French nation.
Talleyrand was one of the very few bishops of the Catholic Church who subscribed to the so-called Civil Constitution of the Clergy whereby the National Constituent Assembly sought to exercise authority over the Catholic church in France. In January Talleyrand resigned as Bishop of Autun and in March of that year was declared by the Pope to be an excommunicant.
Robespierre and others secured the passing of a measure in the Constituent Assembly whereby members of that assembly would not be eligible for election to the assembly that immediately succeeded it.
This meant that Talleyrand was faced with the necessity of finding an alternative outlet his talents and he sought entry into the world of diplomacy. In January Talleyrand was sent by the French government to London, where he conducted informal negotiations for a British-French alliance - he was able to tell his superiors that the general climate of opinion in Britain was, at that time, fairly favourable to France.
In August at a time when the new French state was threatened with invasion the French monarchy which had been compromised by unsuccessful efforts to flee to seek the protection of those who were now attempting to invade was overthrown.
In September there were some massacres of those within France who were believed to be opposed to the reforms secured by the revolution - many of these murdered persons were readily available to the hostility of their assailants as they had been living as prisoners.
These developments tended to alienate British opinion.
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