By Michael Hughes
The character of overseas international relations and Britain’s international position replaced immeasurably after the top of the 1st global battle, and this ebook exhibits how a few of the males who headed the overseas workplace through the interwar years sought to function within the transferring political and bureaucratic environments that faced them. British overseas Secretaries in an doubtful global examines the careers of every of the interwar overseas Secretaries, together with Lord Curzon, Ramsay MacDonald and Anthony Eden. utilizing an in depth diversity of basic assets either released and unpublished, professional and personal, Michael Hughes presents an in depth review of the way those males approached their function and the way influential they have been in overseas international relations. The e-book additionally seems to be on the overseas Secretaries’ successes or mess ups in the British political approach, analysing how influential the international workplace was once below every one Secretary in deciding upon British overseas coverage. a desirable e-book with a special concentration, British overseas Secretaries in an doubtful global takes a rigorous examine a key subject in British background.
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121 Although he normally couched his frustrations in a quasi-constitutional language, his real anger was aroused by his pervasive sense that ministerial colleagues were failing to treat him with sufficient deference. Curzon’s position as head of the Foreign Office meant that he could legitimately (if not wisely) take a hierarchical view of his department, treating all but his most senior staff as glorified clerks, who were not expected to offer much in the way of Lord Curzon at the Foreign Office (1919–24) 31 recommendations about policy.
Thomas had played an important role in rallying organised labour behind the Government during the war years, they were sharply critical of the direction taken by British foreign policy in the period since 1918, vigorously condemning the Versailles Treaty for its failure to lay the foundations of a lasting peace. The leading figures in the Labour movement were not, though, agreed on how to tackle the formidable range of problems facing Europe in the years after the Peace Conference. There were, for example, substantial differences over the value of the League of Nations, viewed by some as the main hope for establishing international politics on a new foundation, but by others as the unforgiving policeman of a harsh and unsustainable peace settlement.
Ministers like Churchill and Montagu were seldom ready to give Curzon the deference he seemed to expect from them. Nor were they willing to accept uncritically his policy prescriptions. And, to make matters worse, a number of them could not resist the temptation to poke fun at the undoubted pomposity of the Very Superior Person. Lloyd George once frankly admitted that Curzon was the only member of his Cabinet whom he enjoyed bullying. It was quite impossible under these circumstances for the Foreign Secretary to acquire the level of prestige and influence that he believed were his due.