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AuthorBoadle, Donald Graeme. author
TitleWinston Churchill and the German Question in British Foreign Policy, 1918-1922 [electronic resource] / by Donald Graeme Boadle
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1973
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Descript XVIII, 193 p. 1 illus. online resource


It was in the early summer of 1906 that Violet Bonham Carter first met Winston Churchill: an encounter which left an "indelible imยญ pression" upon her. "I found myself," she recalled, sitting next to this young man who seemed to me quite different from any other young man I had ever met. For a long time he remained sunk in abstraction. Then he appeared to become aware of my existence. He turned on me a lowering gaze and asked me abruptly how old I was. I replied that I was nineteen. "And I," he said almost despairingly, "am thirty-two already. Younger than anyone else who counts, though," he added, as if to comfort himself. Then savagely: "Curse ruthless time! Curse our own mortality! How cruelly short is the allotted span for all we must cram into it!" And he burst forth into an eloquent diatribe on the shortness of human life, the immensity of possible human accomplishment - a theme so well exploited by the poets, prophets and philosophers of all ages that it might seem difficult to invest it with a new life and startling significance. Yet for me he did so, in a torrent of magnificent language which appeared to be both effortless and inexhaustible and ended up with the words I shall always remember: "We are all worms. But I do believe that I am a glow worm


I: Peacemaking with Germany, 1918-1919 -- i. The Conclusion of an Armistice: โ{128}{156}Effectual Guaranteesโ{128}{157} or Unconditional Surrender -- ii. Responsibility and Retribution -- iii. Safeguards and Security: Churchillโ{128}{153}s attitude to Allied military occupation, and his attempts to create an independent Rhineland -- iv. Easing the Blockade: Churchillโ{128}{153}s Aldwych Club speech and his plan to counter the spread of Bolshevism in Germany -- v. Churchillโ{128}{153}s Critique of the Paris Peace Conference -- II: The Russo-German Question, 1918-1920 -- i. The Menace of Russo-German Conjunction -- ii. The Case for Preventive War -- iii. The Military Situation in Russia: Churchillโ{128}{153}s assessments and their impact upon his attitude towards Germany, January-April 1919 -- iv. The anti-Bolshevists Fail to Sustain their Offensive: Churchill suggests an Anglo-German modus vivendi as a complementary check against conjunction, May-December 1919 -- v. Churchill Resolves to Abandon the anti-Bolshevist Cause, January-February 1920 -- vi. โ{128}{156}The Very Great and Imminent Dangerโ{128}{157} of Polish Collapse, July-August 1920: Churchill again proposes an Anglo-German agreement to deter conj unction -- vii. Conjunction Averted -- III: Foundations for a German Policy, 1920-1922 -- i. Two Proposals for Securing an Agreed Anglo-French German Policy -- ii. Churchill and Lloyd George dispute the Merits of a Coercive Approach -- iii. The Perils of Pragmatism -- iv. The Ascendancy of British Interests -- Conclusion

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