The outbreak of war in Europe: a failure of diplomacy?

Jackson, P. (2015) The outbreak of war in Europe: a failure of diplomacy? In: Bosworth, R.J.B. and Maiolo, J. (eds.) The Cambridge History of the Second World War: Politics and Ideology. Series: The Cambridge history of the second world war:, I2 (2). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 217-252. ISBN 9781107034075 (doi: 10.1017/CHO9781139524377)

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This essay explores the nature of diplomacy before examining the political aims and foreign policies of the major European powers. It demonstrates that three of the five great powers, the USSR, Italy and Germany, desired to overthrow the inter-war international system. Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy both pursued war as an aim in its own right. Given these conditions, there was no hope that peace could be preserved through diplomacy. The coming of the Second World War in Europe cannot therefore be attributed to a failure of diplomacy.

Item Type:Book Sections (Other)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jackson, Professor Peter
Authors: Jackson, P.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Research Group:Global Security Network
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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