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AuthorFarrar, Marjorie Milbank. author
TitleConflict and Compromise [electronic resource] : The Strategy, Politics and Diplomacy of the French Blockade, 1914-1918 / by Marjorie Milbank Farrar
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1974
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Descript 216p. online resource


The historical literature on the first world war has devoted relatively little attention to the Allied blockade of the Central Powers. The few published studies have concentrated either on the blockade's naval aspects or exclusively on the British contribution. Little effort has been made heretofore to distinguish the French role. This study focuses on the French contribution to the diplomatic, as contrasted with the maritime, blockade of the Central Powers. It discusses primarily French relations with the so-called European border neutral states : principally Switzerland, but also the Netherlands and the three Scandinavian countries. Only in the diplomatic aspects of the Allied blockade program did the French play a distinctive role. Their token contribution to maritime blockade activity remained subordinate to the British. An examination of Franco-neutral relaยญ tions involves not only a study of those diplomatic contacts per se but also a comparison of French and British tactics as a reflection of differing economic warfare concepts. This study also investigates the development of a French blockade organization to meet the demands of this new weapon, the diplomatic blockade


I. Prologue: the British-Dominated Maritime Blockade -- II. Outward Unity and Inner Tension: the Formation of an Economic Warfare Strategy -- III. Domestic Dissension and Opposition: the Blockade as an Example of Wartime Bureaucratization -- IV. Belligerent-Neutral Diplomatic Relations: Consignment and Rationing as the Dual Focus of Northern Blockade Diplomacy -- V. Interallied Tension: French Disapprobation of the British-Controlled Northern Blockade -- VI. the Swiss Blockade System: Interaction of Diplomacy, Strategy and Domestic Priorities -- VII. Policy of Increased Pressure Toward Switzerland :Blockade Diplomacy Hampered by Allied Disagreement -- VIII. Preclusive Purchases: a Case Study in Domestic Frustration of Blockade Objectives -- IX. Toward an Integral Blockade: French Blockade Stalemate Resolved by American Adherence to French Economic Objectives -- X. Epilogue: American Dominance as the Catalyst of Blockade Uniformity and Neutral Concessions -- Conclusion

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