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The book is based on documents from the Archives du Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres and the Archives Nationales in Paris; the Archives du Ministere de la Guerre, Service Historique de l'Armee de Terre in'Vincennes; the Public Record Office at Kew; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Library and Records Department, and the India Office Library and Records in London; and the Central Zionist Archives and the Israel State Archives in Jerusalem. In these archives I found many original documents of the societies and also examined documents of French and British ambassadors and consuls, as well as, to a lesser degree, those of German and Zionist representatives. These diplomats and their assistants worked actively among the members of the societies, and had an impressive knowledge about them.