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Britain and the Origins of the New Europe 1914-1918 (LSE by Kenneth J. Calder

By Kenneth J. Calder

In 1914 the British executive used to be now not attracted to nationwide self-determination in jap Europe, yet via November 1918 it used to be deeply concerned with numerous jap eu topic nationalities and was once devoted via implication to their independence. This booklet makes an attempt to give an explanation for this evolution in British coverage in terms of the Poles, Czechoslovaks and Yugoslavs, the 3 most crucial topic nationalities in japanese Europe. The booklet is predicated totally on the legit files of the British executive, which were supplemented with fabric from inner most collections. Dr Calder argues that British coverage on nationwide self-determination built no longer due to theoretical speculations yet of the wartime kinfolk among the govt and the Polish, Czechoslovak and Yugoslav nationwide companies. This ebook lines the evolution in British family with the Polish, Czechoslovak and Yugoslav nationality organisations from August 1914 to November 1918. It exhibits how the preliminary contacts have been proven and the way family constructed progressively because the govt sought to exploit those businesses in propaganda, espionage and the formation of army devices. It makes an attempt to evaluate the consequences of this co-operation at the attitudes of British officers and the coverage of the govt.

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O. 37 The foreign office maintained contact with Poles like Retinger who appeared to merit serious consideration, while discouraging others like Bogdanowicz. The feuding among the Poles created a bad impression and doubts remained as to the right of any of the emigres to represent the Polish community. Nevertheless contact had been established which could serve as the basis for more complex relations. In deciding not to snub Retinger, Grey was making a decision to maintain and foster contacts with the Poles.

16 Although the campaign seemed to have little influence on Bulgaria, it had an effect on the Italian government which, on 4 March 1915, expressed its willingness to join the Entente in exchange for promises of rather large areas of the Habsburg monarchy. The Italians wanted, among other things, Dalmatia, a province inhabited predominantly by South Slavs and coveted by the Serbians and the Yugoslavs. As a result of the work of SetonWatson and Supilo, however, the foreign office knew that Italian possession of Dalmatia would be a violation of the principle of nationality.

The home office and the police acted almost entirely alone in making these decisions. 27 During November and 22 Britain and the Origins of the New Europe 1914-1918 December the foreign office seems to have known the general trend of home office policy without knowing the details. 28 The home office and the police had no interest in foreign policy and their leniency was not based on humanitarian considerations. They were concerned with the magnitude of the alien problem and wanted to reduce the numbers interned.

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