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Britain and Central Europe, 1918-1933 : Oxford Historical Monographs - Gábor Bátonyi

Britain and Central Europe, 1918-1933

Oxford Historical Monographs

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1998
ISBN: 9780198207481
Number Of Pages: 248

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This book emphasizes the key role played by Britain in restoring peace and stability in central Europe after the First World War. It focuses on the endeavours of British diplomats in the 1920s to promote political integration and economic co-operation in the Danubia region. The work traces the gradual shift in British attitudes towards the small central European states, from one of active engagement to disinterest and even hostility. Three case studies of British foreign policy in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague support the novel thesis that British involvement in central European affairs was terminated as a result of Austrian, Hungarian, and Czechoslovakian unwillingness to co-operate, and not simply because of economic and political pressures from Germany.

`Batonyi uses Foreign Office pen sketches of European statesmen to telling effect' American Historical Review (2000) `Although he deals with sensitive and potentially emotional issues, Gabor Batonyi tells his tale in a remarkably detached and scrupulously balanced manner. This only adds to its drama.' Igor Lukes, Twentieth Century British History, Vol.11, No.4, 2000 `A great deal has been written about this topic, but Mr Batonyi has done a fine job of pulling the available evidence together. He is most innovative when he shows the negative impact of Anglo-French rivalry on the region ... His treatment of British-Austrian relations delivers several delightful nuggets.' Igor Lukes, Twentieth Century British History, Vol.11, No.4, 2000 `a short but well written and informative introduction ... Mr Batonyi has been able to write an entirely original work that adds new dimensions to the existing literature ... Mr Batonyi masterfully traces the ups and downs of London's policy toward the region as it appeared after the collapse of the Habsburg system.' Igor Lukes, Twentieth Century British History, Vol.11, No.4, 2000 `Batonyi's ... diligent, carefully argued analysis of Britain's groping, hesitant, and ultimately timid approach to Austria, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia show that Munich was no accident. ... Batonyi's analysis serves as a useful reminder that careful archival research can force historians to reconsider a very familiar issue - Munich - from an entirely different perspective. ... Batonyi's descriptions and analysis are valuable, forcing a reconsideration of traditional conceptions about the formation of interwar British foreign policy. His definition of the limits of British activity is striking. ... Batonyi contributes new insights to our understanding of Britain's vacillating, awkward, ineffective policies toward Prague, Vienna, and Budapest from 1918 into the 1930's' Samuel R. Williamson, Jr, Journal of Modern History, Vol 72, No 4, Dec 2000.

Introduction
'Austria Infelix'
The 'Monstrous Child' of the New Europe
British Missions in the Austrian Republic
Britain and the Policy of Reconciliation
The 'Habsburg Bogey' and Austro-Czech Rivalry
Britain and the Reconstruction of Austria
The Failed Hopes of an 'Eastern Locarno'
'The Special Relationship'
Seton-Watson and Steed, 'the Twin Erinyes of Magyarism'
'One Russia is Enough for Us': Two Revolutions in Budapest
The Clerk Mission and the Establishment of the Horthy Regime
Anglo-French Rivalry and the Treaty of Trianon
Hungarian Reconstruction and the Austrian Model
Revision Versus Reconstruction: British Withdrawal from Hungary
'The Lynchpin of Central Europe'
'The Best Justification of the Peace Conference'
Prague: A 'Political Observatory' in Central Europe
Anglo-Czech Relations and the Tarnished Reputation of Benes
From Locarno to Munich
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780198207481
ISBN-10: 0198207484
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st November 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.47