By Anita J. Prazmowska
This booklet deals a revisionist interpretation of British international coverage in the direction of Poland and the position of the Anglo-Polish courting through the interval March-September 1939. It demanding situations and questions hitherto held perspectives at the British choice to guard Poland and oppose German enlargement eastwards. It encompasses a examine of overseas coverage, monetary coverage and army making plans. This publication is a tremendous contribution to our wisdom of the outbreak of the warfare since it includes a particular and unique research of the function of the Poles in British proposals for an jap entrance and the Polish notion in their courting with Germany. eventually the inconclusive nature of British techniques to the Soviet Union and the Rumanian executive are placed into the context of the abortive inspiration for an japanese entrance opposed to Germany.
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26 These questions led to the most extensive discussion of Poland's position in British foreign policies, focussing in particular on the German aspect of the question. In their consideration of the subject of Poland and her role in Britain's East European policy the heads of the Foreign Office departments admitted to a high degree of confusion. Summing up the debate Makins noted certain important considerations. 27 This development would not, perhaps, be altogether detrimental to British interests.
Beck had been known to consider Poland's friendship with Italy to be based on a tacit but shared understanding that neither favoured German expansion into Central and South Eastern Europe. It is doubtful therefore if Poland had any intention to help France in the event of an attack on the latter by Italy alone. In fact this conviction of a Polish-Italian understanding was held firmly by the Poles well into 1940, when Sikorski's government refused to commit itself to action against Italy. In any event France doubted that Italy would have acted without German support.
16 It was proposed to strip the alliance of its binding character and change it from a political alliance with a military convention to a simple friendship agreement not obliging either side to act in the event of an attack on either of the signatories. 25 26 Britain, Poland and the Eastern Front, 1939 At the same time France sought to improve her position in Europe by establishing direct relations with Germany. This was crowned by the signing of the Franco-German declaration in December 1938. During Ribbentrop's visit to Paris, Bonnet stressed the inviolability of France's imperial possessions.