Great Britain, Germany and the Soviet Union
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216 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series

Imprint: Boydell Press

Great Britain, Germany and the Soviet Union

Rapallo and after, 1922-1934

by Stephanie C. Salzmann

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Germany and the Soviet Union concluded the treaty of Rapallo together within five years of their defeat in the First World War. The resulting fear of Soviet-German co-operation cast a long shadow over British foreign policy; thisbook traces its influence.
The treaty of Rapallo, concluded in 1922 between Germany and the Soviet Union, the two vanquished powers of the Great War, ranks high among the diplomatic coups de surprise of the twentieth century. Its real importance, however, lies in the repercussions of the alliance on the subsequent policies of the two victorious powers, Britain and France. This study examines the impact of Rapallo on British foreign policy between 1922 and 1934, when the German-Soviet relationship had virtually ended. The "ghost of Rapallo" is the central theme of this story, as ever since the treaty's conclusion Rapallo has been a byword for Soviet-German secret and potentially dangerous collaboration. This book describes how the British viewed the Rapallo co-operation, how they dealt with this special relationship, and how the lingering memory of Rapallo affected British policy for decades to come. While examining a particular aspect of international relations it throws additional light on broader topics of European relations in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Dr Stephanie Salzmann completed her PhD at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Introduction
"It nearly overthrew the applecart": Lloyd George and the treaty of Rapallo
"The most important event since the armistice": the Foreign Office and Rapallo
Rapallo's first test: the Ruhr crisis
The policy of conciliation: Rapallo and the first Labour government
The battle for the German soul: Locarno and the treaty of Berlin
Rapallo and the rupture of Anglo-Soviet relations
Rapallo and the decline of the Locarno spirit
An economic Rapallo?
Rapallo and the disarmament conference
The Rapallo relationship and Hitler's rise to power
The end of Rapallo: the German-Polish non-aggression treaty
"This is an excellent book. The language is polished; the composition is both satisfying and economical; the research in archival and printed sources is state of the art. It is also an important book." AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW

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Title Details

216 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series

Imprint: Boydell Press