Access to History. British Foreign Affairs: Saving Europe at by Alan Farmer

By Alan Farmer

The fourth variation of this bestselling name charts the process British overseas coverage from the tip of the 1st international conflict and the Treaty of Versailles, to the social and fiscal results of the second one international warfare. there's a specific concentration and research of the difficulty of appeasement during the interval, specifically within the run-up to the second one international battle. Public opinion and the position of key contributors is explored all through and the narrative concludes with an interpretation of the reasons of and purposes for British international regulations around the period.

Throughout the booklet, key dates, phrases and matters are highlighted, and old interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are incorporated to consolidate wisdom and realizing of the interval, and exam-style questions and tips written by means of examiners give you the chance to boost examination skills.

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The forged Zinoviev letter probably made no substantial difference to the election result. Even before the letter was published, the Conservatives had succeeded in tarring the Labour Party as pandering to communism. Due largely to the collapse of the Liberal vote, the Conservatives won a resounding victory. Anglo-Soviet problems 1924–31 Not surprisingly, Anglo-Soviet relations now deteriorated. Prime Minister Baldwin did not ratify the Anglo-Soviet Agreement. A large USSR donation to the Miners’ Federation during the General Strike of 1926 led to angry protests by the British Cabinet.

For many politicians at the time, the Washington naval disarmament system seemed to be a constructive and forwardlooking act. However, it was not totally successful. Throughout the 1920s there was a naval race of sorts as Britain, the USA and Japan all set about constructing non-capital ships. In 1927 an attempt to limit the number of cruisers broke down. Eventually, in 1930 the USA, Britain and Japan agreed to limit their cruisers in a fixed ratio (10:10:7) and to prolong the agreement on the building of capital ships for a further five years.

Disputes over exact frontiers continued well into the 1920s. Although the peacemakers did their best to apply the principle of selfdetermination, large communities found themselves governed by people of a different ethnic group. Czechoslovakia, for example, had a population made up of Czechs, Slovaks, Germans, Hungarians, Ruthenians and Poles. Nothing short of massive population transfers could have resolved the problem. The results British politicians throughout the 1920s shared Lloyd George’s view that the eastern frontiers were unsound and the new (or enlarged) states were unstable and unreliable.

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