British Foreign Policy during the Curzon Period, 1919–24 by G. Bennett

By G. Bennett

A wide-ranging and authoritative examine of British overseas coverage within the serious years after the 1919 Paris Peace convention. coverage in the direction of Western and japanese Europe, Russia, Turkey, the center East, usa and much East is tested along such subject matters because the function of major Minister, international Secretary and cupboard in coverage formula. The evolution and execution of coverage is determined along the restrictions imposed on British statesmen via the dominions, military, monetary weak spot and family politics.

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That attempt to link Britain's debts to the USA with those owed to Britain by her wartime allies excited French passions. On 21 August Poincare had replied that there could be no question of linking French debts to Britain with German reparation. The issuing of Balfour's note had been badly timed and did nothing to soften the French attitude at the London Conference in the same month. The Entente was further strained as events in the Near East moved towards crisis point. From mid-September onwards Curzon was fully occupied with trying to patch up the Entente in order to present a united front towards the Turks.

Likewise it was hoped that the Balkan states would stand with Britain, France and Italy in trying to secure a peace settlement that would sharply limit Turkish power. Though British policy-makers did not have a grand vision of Scandinavia, eastern and south central Europe, along with the Balkans, as representing a three-faced wall against Germany, Russia and Turkey, that was exactly what the sum of their hopes amounted to. The constituent elements of the cordon sanitaire had largely emerged before the Paris Peace Conference.

His attitude towards Germany in the speech confirmed British perceptions of him as a hardliner. Nevertheless, Hardinge was confident that 'Poincare realises that what the French people want is the Pact. . '31 The Cabinet had already agreed that Britain should take no further action on the guarantee since the initiative lay with Poincare. The British position was clear and it was for Poincare to recommence the bargaining process. Though he proved willing to take the initiative over the pact, the negotiations did not proceed smoothly.

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