By Anita J. Prazmowska
This ebook deals a revisionist interpretation of British international coverage in the direction of Poland and the function of the Anglo-Polish dating throughout the interval March-September 1939. It demanding situations and questions hitherto held perspectives at the British decision to safeguard Poland and oppose German enlargement eastwards. It features a research of overseas coverage, fiscal coverage and armed forces making plans. This booklet is a huge contribution to our wisdom of the outbreak of the conflict since it includes a special and unique research of the function of the Poles in British proposals for an japanese entrance and the Polish belief in their dating with Germany. eventually the inconclusive nature of British techniques to the Soviet Union and the Rumanian executive are positioned into the context of the abortive suggestion for an jap entrance opposed to Germany.
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Indeed, there were a number of outstanding issues which Germany was most likely to seek to revive. Germany's determination to recover Danzig, the Poznan region and the Corridor were claims which the Weimar Republic, even during the most conciliatory period under Stresemann, never abandoned. Since the signing of the GermanPolish Non-Aggression Treaty in 1934 Germany had taken care not to allow these grievances to sour relations with Poland, but their substance was never abandoned. Within the British government, Polish objectives, never a vital subject in British politics, were discussed only in specialist circles of the Foreign Office.
Nor were French politicians themselves clear as to the object of Britain's policies or the feasibility of suddenly combining Poland and Rumania in a joint stand. Polish-French relations, distinctly cool during the Czechoslovak crisis and after, remained strained. 8 France's attempts to commit Poland to support Rumania had failed and the Poles refused to co-operate with France in the event of the latter attacking Germany in defence of Rumania In his conversation with Phipps on 18 March Alexis Leger, the Secretary General of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, warned Britain against Beck, accusing him of cynicism and duplicity.
44 On his return from Germany, Beck considered two lines of policy. On the one hand, he took into account the possibility that a compromise could be worked out whereby the League would withdraw from the Free City and instead, a Polish-German condominium could be established. A Foreign Ministry official, Michartubienski, recalled after the war that Beck instructed him to work out a compromise which would guarantee Polish interests in Danzig, while appearing to offer the Germans something of their demands.
Britain, Poland and the Eastern Front, 1939 by Anita J. Prazmowska