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 verified after 1918, failed within the administration of the crises dealing with them in Ethiopia and the Rhineland. during this ebook, 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 international battle.

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The characteristic inability of either to respond with adequate force and speed was fully displayed. The few attempts made, on either side of the double-line, to solve the crisis were consistently too little and too late. Decisive initiatives were absent. British and French policies, riven by conflicting advice, interests and considerations, weakened in their formulation by the absence of decisive leadership and in their application both by material weaknesses and the lack of Anglo-French solidarity, ended in failure: the League was ruined as an instrument of peace-keeping, the Italian alliance permanently damaged and Britain and France's mutual relations strained almost to breaking point.

523 The man in the street is quite detached. . I firmly believe that we are not prepared, morally and psychologically, for war against Italy and care very little for `poor little Ethiopia'. Black races to an Englishman are always niggers and we don't see why we should be plunged into war on their account. Henry Pownall, Diaries, 9 September 1935 In marked contrast to the understanding attitude towards Italian ambitions, the British and French Governments rarely displayed sympathy 34 Anglo-French Relations for Ethiopia.

Admissions of this line were transmitted to Rome in an effort to convince Mussolini of the sincerity of their attempts to meet Italian demands. Despite clear indications that the Italians were merely using these manoeuvres to gain time for military preparations, their dilatory diplomacy was acquiesced in by Britain and France. Reflecting the growing divergence between their public statements and their private discussions, British and French leaders were already accepting the justice, or at least the inevitability, of satisfying Italy's `legitimate' interests, something which stood in marked contrast to their unsympathetic views of Ethiopia.

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