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By G. Bennett

A wide-ranging and authoritative examine of British international coverage within the severe years after the 1919 Paris Peace convention. coverage in the direction of Western and japanese Europe, Russia, Turkey, the center East, usa and much East is tested along such issues because the function of major Minister, international Secretary and cupboard in coverage formula. The evolution and execution of coverage is determined along the restrictions imposed on British statesmen by way of the dominions, military, financial weak point and household politics.

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He was both Prime Minister and a member of the Big Four at Paris. He had both the authority and the moral responsibility to take a leading role in the execution of the peace settlement. Moreover, western European affairs were so complicated in the 1919-22 period that he exercised a vital role in coordinating policy between the different departments whose involvement meant that policy was an enormously confusing affair. British policy towards western Europe had many authors of whom Lloyd George and Curzon were chief.

24 Trust them or not, Lloyd George and Curzon went to the international conference at Cannes in January 1922 ready to place on the negotiating table the bargainingcounter represented by the security pact. The French wish for a security agreement, the deteriorating position of the German exchequer and the continued drifting apart of France and Britain had overborne all objections to a limited commitment to France. A point of no return had been reached in Anglo-French relations: either the Entente would be cemented by a formal military agreement, or the postwar demise of the Anglo-French relationship would be established beyond doubt.

This was indicative of a growing feeling in the British government that a moment of decision would shortly be reached, on the outcome of which the future nature of western European relations would depend. It was against this background that the French ambassador approached Curzon on 5 December to ask for a defensive alliance between France and Britain. In three further conversations in December Briand's desire for an Anglo-French pact was reiterated. Curzon was left to compose a memorandum on the subject for the Cabinet.

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