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Regardless of their shared pursuits, Britain and France, the single powers capable of successfully meet the 1st overt demanding situations to the eu order tested after 1918, failed within the administration of the crises dealing with them in Ethiopia and the Rhineland. during this e-book, 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 global battle.

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Anti-fascist sentiments were quite alien to the Conservative Party. He himself, as an old Conservative, felt no antipathy at all towards foreign authoritarian governments and was fully aware of the dangers, in the form of revolution and chaos, that might result from a possible change in ltaly's internal political situation. Hoare to Hoesch, 17 October 1935 (DGFP, c, i v , no. 355) In dealing with Mussolini's aggression in East Africa neither Paris nor London were encumbered by anything approaching a doctrinaire opposition to fascism.

It has been argued that the crisis posed a straightforward, if awkward, choice for Britain and France between resistance and appeasement, between threats (backed up if necessary by collective action) and sufficient concessions to Italy to prevent her from resorting to arms combined with pressure on the Ethiopians to concede. In this the choice that confronted Paris and London over Ethiopia reflected the wider and longer-term choice over policy towards the fascist powers. The choice was not, however, so simple.

At the same time they insisted on the necessity of keeping in step with France and made this criterion of their policy clear to all involved. Hoare repeatedly assured Laval that the British Government had `no intention whatever of initiating measures against Italy except in accordance with decisions taken or to be taken by the League . . 18 Equally, all those involved in policy-making, and numerous influential people beyond Government circles, never ceased to argue that Britain had no commitment to go beyond what was decided and implemented collectively at Geneva.

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