By R. Davis
Regardless of their shared pursuits, Britain and France, the one powers able to successfully meet the 1st overt demanding situations to the ecu order tested after 1918, failed within the administration of the crises dealing with them in Ethiopia and the Rhineland. during this booklet, Richard Davis makes an attempt to appreciate the (mal)functioning of the Anglo-French courting at this key juncture at the route to the second one international warfare.
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Extra resources for Anglo-French Relations Before the Second World War: Appeasement and Crisis (Studies in Military and Strategic History)
Moreover, however understandable the policies pursued, they were always poorly adapted to the nature of Mussolini's regime. Given this, it is not surprising that their open rejection of effective sanctions and their public acceptance of Italy's need to expand did little to convince Mussolini of the need to accept anything less than the complete destruction of Ethiopia. This gulf between fascist Italy and the democracies always worked against a successful resolution of the crisis along the lines envisaged in Paris and London.
Nevertheless the limits imposed by the pro-League lobby cannot be ignored. In France public opinion was far from unanimous and less directly expressed and as a consequence its influence was greatly reduced. The Governments of Flandin, Laval and Sarraut were, however, subject to powerful pro-League forces even from within their own ranks and whatever their personal predilections for concessions to Italy, each was dependent on the support of the generally pro-League Radical Party for his political survival.
Would be an evil result . . 11 As for the interests of Britain and France in Ethiopia itself these were not greatly of concern to most policy-makers. Those that did exist, for the British in Lake Tana and the sources of the Nile and for France in the Djibouti railway, were not extensive and had been guaranteed by the Italians. The arguments put forward that Britain was mobilizing the League to defend her interests inside Ethiopia or her strategic route to India greatly exaggerated the importance of these considerations.
Anglo-French Relations Before the Second World War: Appeasement and Crisis (Studies in Military and Strategic History) by R. Davis