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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 jap Europe, Russia, Turkey, the center East, usa and much East is tested along such topics because the function of top Minister, overseas Secretary and cupboard in coverage formula. The evolution and execution of coverage is determined along the constraints imposed on British statesmen by means of the dominions, militia, financial weak spot and family politics.

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Though the conference continued its deliberations, the Rapallo bombshell had condemned it to failure. The failure of the Genoa Conference affected diplomacy in several ways. French fears towards Germany had been heightened by the Rapallo agreement, and Anglo-French relations deteriorated still further as Poincare's obstinacy received partial blame for the failure of the conference. At his insistence reparations had been kept off the agenda so that there had been little chance of securing a major amelioration of Europe's economic problems.

The main tenet of British foreign policy since 1800 - that of trying to ensure a balance of power on the continent - called for the support of a weak and disarmed Germany to create a counter-weight to a powerful France. Public and political opinion in Britain was not yet ready to countenance such a policy as being consistent with the nation's honour. In any case, Britain lacked the military, economic and diplomatic muscle to force her views on France. The guns of the Royal Navy could hardly overawe a massive army of French conscripts in the Ruhr.

Lloyd George and Briand had gone to the conference willing to gamble their political reputations on the outcome. The gamble did not succeed, because the French and British positions on security were irreconcilable. The guarantee of French security was the greatest commitment which Lloyd George felt able to give. This had been determined by the neo-isolationist attitude of the Dominions, Parliament and press, as well as the limitations on service expenditure imposed by the financial situation. Briand's attitude towards the British guarantee was fully justified.

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