The Search For Security and Stability, 1920-32 Parts One and Two_II

The Search For Security and Stability, 1920-32 Parts One and Two_II

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Unformatted text preview: The Search For Security and Stability, 1920-32 Parts One and Two Wednesday, March 9 th , 2011 Frances action to defend the treaty of Versailles as the last rampart it possessed was in many ways a desperate gamble By the end of 1923. The German economy was recovering – height of inflation was cooling, and it was now the country in which it appeared to be the winner As a condition by being bailed out, the French government was forced to adopt a more considerate policy Example of economic pressure causing foreign policy change May, 1924 – Spring General Election inside France (Herriot – new French government) He found ready partners in Macdonald (he was a pacifist during WWI) What made the deal feasible was the new moderation in German policy Stresemann (he was a realist) His moderation caused him is job as chancellor Stresemann was skillful in extracting concessions Conference held in London from late July to early August 1924, thee was an immediate deal done to pave the way for future concessions Reparations commitment was turned into a hollow instrument August 1925 – the French left The genuine relief evident in Western Europe in particular was the essential context in which a remarkable new international agreement was signed (Locarno Agreement) – October 16 th , 1925 (formally signed the following first of December in London) It addressed the issue of French National Security Belgium France, Germany, and the permanently demilitarized zone within the Rhineland – these geopolitical...
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