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By D. Gillard

After Munich, the British govt expressed readiness to guard what remained of Czechoslovakia. Six months later, Hitler overlooked the caution and confronted purely verbal condemnation. A fortnight later, Chamberlain's cupboard attempted and didn't defend Poland by way of the same 'guarantee'. Their deliberations exhibit how and why they'd so miscalculated.

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An unspoken assumption, to use James Joll’s invaluable term, was that annexation of even a very minor state would be regarded as an attack on the States System itself, intolerable to other Powers unless they had conceded it by negotiation or had been forced to do so by military defeat. The consternation and hostility provoked in 1908 by Austria–Hungary’s formal annexation of territory she had actually occupied and administered by international treaty for 30 years had been an example of how important the distinction was normally deemed to be between the finality of annexation and movable degrees of predominance.

There, German predominance would constitute a direct threat to Great Britain’s imperial communications and to its primacy in the Middle East. 27 The most divergent assessments were offered by Collier and AshtonGwatkin. Collier (29 October 1938) took the view that, under their present rulers, Germany and Italy were predatory states which were not susceptible to the give and take of normal diplomatic practice. Concessions merely encouraged them and gave momentum to their expansionist policies. It was too late to restore a balance of power in East and Central Europe, but they must both be forced to abandon hope of realising their wider ambitions, just as Russia’s leaders had been forced to realise that world revolution was unobtainable.

As the Mandatory Power, Great Britain had tried unsuccessfully to reconcile Arab and Jewish aspirations with the result that an unanticipatedly large number of British troops was required to deal with the violence of militant elements from both communities. A Royal Commission had in July 1937 recommended partition. Jewish reaction was at best lukewarm, the Palestinian Arabs opposed it, and there was acute awareness in the Foreign Office of the hostility displayed by neighbouring Arab rulers who were the targets of German and Italian diplomacy.

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