Decisions and Diplomacy: Essays in Twentieth Century by Dick Richardson, Professor Glyn A Stone, Glyn Stone

By Dick Richardson, Professor Glyn A Stone, Glyn Stone

The turning out to be value of overseas historical past and kin lately has been mirrored in a progress of analysis and improvement of latest classes. This choice of essays specialise in 3 extensive topics: the League of countries and collective safeguard, difficulties in British overseas coverage, and European/International defense within the interwar years. The publication, in reminiscence of Esmonde Robertson and George Grün, individual historians of the London university of Economics, comprises papers commissioned from the most ambitious names in foreign background.

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87 Before reforms could be further considered, the financial crisis brought an end to the economically internationalist Labour government and the advent of a National government dominated by Conservatives bent upon promoting closer imperial economic relations. In September 1931 the decision was taken to abandon the gold standard and allow sterling to float. Two months later, when the worst was over, the Foreign Office renewed its call for an integrated approach to policy-making. A departmental memorandum prepared by Wellesley and circulated to the Cabinet in November argued that all the major problems confronting Britain including German agitation for treaty revision, French opposition to disarmament, and American hostility to war debt reduction were integrally CRISIS OF BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY MANAGEMENT 25 linked.

G. Parliamentary Papers, 1914 Cd. Musgrave, QQ 38,862, 38,877; Sir Francis Hirst, editor of The Economist, QQ 40,579, 40,595, 40,658, 40,665; Sir Edwin Peers, appendix lxxxix, p. 321; Association of Chambers of Commerce, appendix xc, p. 326. 10 ‘Foreign Office statement of Existing Instructions with regard to Economic Reporting and an Outline of the General Requirements’, 3 March 1934, FO371/18587, W3982/293/50. 11 Crowe minute, undated, FO368/1855, 175055/f2049. 12 Algernon Law minute, 1 April 1916, FO369/912, 63184/f63184; Parliamentary Papers, ‘Final report of the Committee on Commercial and Industrial Policy after the War’, 1918, Cd.

He also denied that he sought ‘to resist the ever growing influence and importance of the other Government Offices in the domain of Foreign Affairs’. In his view it was inevitable that increasing state intervention in economic affairs must profoundly affect the making of foreign policy, and that the economic ministries must remain the repositories of technical expertise. But he also believed that the responsibilities of the Foreign Office would correspondingly increase, for however technical the economic issues became they always remained political in their wider implications, and the Foreign Office alone was equipped to gather the information necessary for evaluating the political dimension.

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