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Author Marks, Sally.

Title The illusion of peace : international relations in Europe, 1918-1933 / Sally Marks
Edition Second edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  327.09409042 Mar/Iop 2003  AVAILABLE
Description 214 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Series Making of the 20th century
Making of the 20th century (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Contents Map 1. Europe in 1914 -- Map 2. Europe in 1925 -- Map 3. Weimar Germany -- Map 4. Eastern Europe in 1925 -- 1. The Pursuit of Peace -- 2. The Effort to Enforce the Peace -- 3. The Revision of the Peace -- 4. The Years of Illusion -- 5. The Crumbling of Illusion -- 6. The End of Old Illusions
Summary "Sally Marks provides a compelling analysis of European diplomacy between the First World War and Hitler's advent. She explores the reasons why successive efforts failed to create a lasting peace in the interwar era. Building on the theories of the first edition - many of which have become widely accepted since its publicaton in 1976 - Marks reassesses Europe's leaders of the period, and the policies of the powers between 1918 and 1933, and beyond."
"Strongly interpretive and archivally based, The Illusion of Peace examines the emotional, ethnic and economic factors responsible for international instability, as well as the distortion of the balance of power, the abnormal position of the Soviet Union, the weakness of France and the uncertainty of her relationship with Britain, and the inadequacy of the League of Nations. In so doing, the study clarifies the complex topics of reparations and war debts and challenges traditional assumptions, concluding that widespread Western devotion to disarmament and dedication to peace were two of several reasons why democratic statesmen could not respond decisively to Hitler's threat. In this new edition Marks also argues that the Allied failure to bring defeat home to the German people in 1918-19 generated a resentment which contributed to interwar instability and Hitler's rise." "This study has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest scholarship."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Treaty of Versailles (1919 June 28)
International relations.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Influence.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Reparations.
Europe -- Foreign relations -- 1918-1945.
LC no. 2002030378
ISBN 0333985893 (paperback)
1403904197 (hbk.)