Originally published in 1963, this book examines the territorial settlement with Germany at the end of the First World War. It approaches it from the standpoint of British official attitudes and policy in order to discover the pre-Paris-Peace-Conference evolution of British governmental thinking on German boundary issues: to bring out the relationship between British attitudes and those of their allies and to determine British influence on the drafting of the territorial provisions of the ill-fated Treaty of Versailles.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Wartime Background 1. Initial Attitudes on Basic Problems 2. The American Factor and British Policy, 1917-18 3. The Armistice and Territorial Questions Part 2: Pre-Conference Preparations 4. Advice of the Experts 5. Governmental Attitudes before Paris Part 3: The Making of the Settlement 6. The German-Polish Frontier 7. ‘Dinner instead of Danzig’ 8. The Rhine Frontier 9. The Treaty of Guarantee 10. Lloyd George, Wilson, and the Saar Dilemma 11. Czechoslovakia, Austria and Greater Germany 12. The Low Countries: Zinc, Strategy and Compensations 13. Appeasement of Statesmanship? 14. Conclusions