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

Throughout the booklet, key dates, phrases and matters are highlighted, and historic interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are incorporated to consolidate wisdom and knowing of the interval, and exam-style questions and counsel written through examiners give you the chance to boost examination skills.

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A success? By 1930 there seemed good reason for optimism. Although many outstanding questions still menaced Franco-German relations, both countries seemed ready to settle disputes by negotiation rather than by force. Mussolini’s oratory was occasionally war-like, but his escapades were minor. The USSR had turned out to be more an embarrassment than a serious problem. No great power in the 1920s had threatened Britain’s security or that of its General Staff The body which administers the British army.

Wells and George Bernard Shaw) were ready to applaud the Russian ‘workers’ state’, especially at a time of industrial unrest at home. However, Ramsay MacDonald and other Labour leaders were highly suspicious of the anti-democratic and violent nature of Bolshevism and drew a clear distinction between socialism and communism. Lloyd George and Russia 1920–1 By 1920–1 MacDonald held not dissimilar views to Lloyd George. The latter still had little enthusiasm for Lenin. But he now believed that wooing Russia back into a commercial relationship with Europe would have far more effect in softening the Bolshevik regime than a policy of armed intervention.

You might also mention voluntary cutbacks in armament for example in Britain (pages 42–4). However, this should be balanced against the fact that the only country made to disarm had been Germany and that the agreements were all limited in extent. French concerns and the difficulties of achieving consensus could also be discussed (pages 43–4) in order to arrive at a substantiated conclusion. 48 | British Foreign Affairs: Saving Europe at a Cost? ’ How far do you agree with this opinion of British foreign policy in the years 1925–9?

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