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French Foreign and Defence Policy, 1918-1940: The Decline and Fall of a Great Power / Edition 1

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Overview

French Foreign and Defence Policy, 1918-1940 outlines France's strategies for protection and appeasement during this period and places interwar relations in a larger European context.
This book examines:

• relationships with key countries such as Italy and Russia

• the significance of interwar France to 20th Century European integration

• the historical context of the policies

• the setbacks and defeats of the period and how they should be evaluated

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Meet the Author

Robert Boyce is Senior Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is editor (with Esmonde Robertson) of Paths to War: New Essays on the Origins of the Second World War (1989) and author of British Capitalism at the Crossroads, 1919-1932: A Study in Politics, Economics and International Relations (1987). His book, Fatal Estrangement: Franco-British Relations from Versailles to Dunkirk, is in preparation.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 France at the Paris Peace Conference: addressing the dilemmas of security 10
2 France and the politics of steel, from the Treaty of Versailles to the International Steel Entente, 1919-1926 30
3 Raymond Poincare and the Ruhr crisis 49
4 Economics and Franco-Belgian relations in the inter-war period 71
5 Reparations and war debts: the restoration of French financial power, 1919-1929 89
6 Business as usual: the limits of French economic diplomacy, 1926-1933 107
7 Rene Massigli and Germany, 1919-1938 132
8 Franco-Italian relations in flux, 1918-1940 149
9 In defence of the Maginot Line: security policy, domestic politics and the economic depression in France 164
10 A douce and dextrous persuasion: French propaganda and Franco-American relations in the 1930s 195
11 Daladier, Bonnet and the decision-making process during the Munich crisis, 1938 215
12 Intelligence and the end of appeasement 234
13 France and the phoney war, 1939-1940 261
Index 283
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