By R. Davis
Regardless of their shared pursuits, Britain and France, the single 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 dating at this key juncture at the route to the second one global conflict.
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Extra info for Anglo-French Relations Before the Second World War: Appeasement and Crisis (Studies in Military and Strategic History)
I was one of the least surprised by the almost hostile behaviour of our allies across the Channel. . 34 Not content with these complaints of their ally's pusillanimity, many observers in Paris and London also condemned the other's resistance to the legitimate demands of the fascist powers. One French diplomat complained that the British had had `one fixed idea: to prevent Mussolini achieving his goal. 35 Without this untimely British intervention, he argues, Mussolini would have been kept in the Stresa Front and all future German aggression in Europe confronted from a vastly more advantageous position.
If these were not enough to convince British and French leaders of Italian intentions, the Italians themselves openly raised the issue. In January 1935 Laval travelled to Rome to conclude the Rome Accords and whatever passed between him and Mussolini he could not have been blind to the fact that Italy was entertaining ambitions at odds with Ethiopian sovereignty. Later in the same month, and at regular intervals thereafter, the Italians approached the British with the intention of reaching a similar agreement.
8 Such racist images of the conflict ran deep. The inclination to regard Ethiopia as an almost feudal state, where slavery still survived and which had consistently proven to be a bad neighbour to the bordering European colonies, remained strong. 10 Even Cecil, that champion of the League cause, thought that while an Italian climb-down in the face of League pressure was to be desired, `smashing the Italians . . 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.
Anglo-French Relations Before the Second World War: Appeasement and Crisis (Studies in Military and Strategic History) by R. Davis