Unfinished Peace after World War I America, Britain and the Stabilisation of Europe, 1919-1932

ISBN-10: 0521723434
ISBN-13: 9780521723435
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Authors: Patrick O. Cohrs
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List price: $72.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 708
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

A highly original and revisionist analysis of British and American efforts to forge a stable Euro-Atlantic peace order between 1919 and the rise of Hitler. Patrick Cohrs argues that this order was not founded at Versailles but rather through the first 'real' peace settlements after World War I - the London reparations settlement of 1924 and the Locarno security pact of 1925. Crucially, both fostered Germany's integration into a fledgling transatlantic peace system, thus laying the only realistic foundations for European stability. What proved decisive was the leading actors' capacity to draw lessons from the 'Great War' and Versailles' shortcomings. Yet Cohrs also reappraises why they could not sustain the new order, master its gravest crisis - the Great Depression - and prevent Nazism's onslaught. Despite this ultimate failure, he concludes that the 'unfinished peace' of the 1920s prefigured the terms on which a more durable peace could be built after 1945.

Patrick O. Cohrs is Associate Professor of History and International Relations at Yale University. Professor Cohrs received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2002. He has held fellowships at the Center for European Studies and the Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Before moving to Yale, he was the Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and taught at Humboldt University Berlin. Professor Cohrs is currently working on a history of the Pax Americana which reappraises American aspirations for a 'new world order' from their origins to the Cold War and explores how far they contributed to the creation of a more legitimate international system. He teaches courses in modern international history, particularly on the United States and the world, the history of global, transatlantic and European international politics, and classic and new approaches to international history. He is one of the co-founders of the Yale International History programme.

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
A note on the footnotes and bibliography
Introduction
Prologue: The truncated peace of Versailles and its consequences, 1919-1923
The wider challenges The legacy of the Great War and the era of imperialism
Wilson, Lloyd George and the quest for a 'peace to end all wars'
The ill-founded peace of 1919
The escalation of Europe's post-Versailles crisis, 1920-1923
The Anglo-American stabilisation of Europe, 1923-1924
Towards a Progressive transformation of European politics The reorientation of American stabilisation policy, 1921-1923
Towards transatlantic co-operation and a new European order The reorientation of British stabilisation policy, 1922-1924
The turning-point The Anglo-American intervention in the Ruhr crisis
From antagonism to accommodation The reorientation of French and German postwar policies, 1923-1924
The two paths to the London conference The Dawes process and the recasting of European international politics
The first 'real' peace settlement after World War I The London agreement of 1924 and the consequences of the 'economic peace'
Europe's nascent Pax Anglo-Americana, 1924-1925
The dawning of a Progressive Pax Americana in Europe?
Towards the Locarno pact Britain's quest for a new European concert, 1924-1925
Regression? US policy and the 'political insurance' of Europe's 'economic peace'
Beyond irreconcilable differences? New German and French approaches to European security
The path to Locarno - and its transatlantic dimension
The second 'real' peace settlement after World War I The Locarno conference and the emergence of a new European concert
The unfinished transatlantic peace order: the system of London and Locarno, 1926-1929
Sustaining stability, legitimating peaceful change The challenges of the latter 1920s
Progressive visions and limited commitments American stabilisation efforts in the era of London and Locarno
'Reciprocity'? Britain as 'honest broker' in the Locarno system
The new European concert - and its limits
Thoiry - the failed quest for a 'final postwar agreement'
Towards peaceful change in eastern Europe? The crux of transforming Polish-German relations
Achievements and constraints The European security system of the latter 1920s
No 'new world order' The limits of the Kellogg-Briand pact
The initiation of the Young process The final bid to fortify the system of London and Locarno
The last 'grand bargain' after World War I The Hague settlement of 1929 and its aftermath
Epilogue: The disintegration of the unfinished transatlantic peace order, 1930-1932 - an inevitable demise?
Conclusion: The incipient transformation of international politics after World War I - learning processes and lessons
Map: Post-World War I Europe after the peace settlement of Versailles
Bibliography
Index

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