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Myopic Grandeur: Ambivalence of French Foreign Policy Toward the Far East, 1919-45

Myopic Grandeur: Ambivalence of French Foreign Policy Toward the Far East, 1919-45 (Hardback)

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France's effort to maintain its presence as a great world power is the subject of "Myopic Grandeur", a study of French foreign policy initiatives in the Far East from World War I until the conclusion of World War II. France emerged from World War I as the dominant power in Europe and one of the great imperial powers of the world, yet policy-makers there faced a dramatic disparity between its great power aspirations and decreasing resources. The challenges presented by German, Italian, and Japanese expansion caused France to resort to diplomatic maneuvering to defend its substantial interests in the Far East and salvage its status as a major player in the region. In their attempt to reduce growing tensions in the Far East, French policy-makers vainly sought support from potential allies: the isolationist United States was unconvinced of a Japanese threat, and Britain's frequently contradictory actions and vacillating policies further complicated the situation. Despite French initiatives, the handling of the Far Eastern situation prior to World War II was characterized by a lack of co-ordination and missed opportunities.

Based upon extensive multiarchival research, John Dreifort provides clear evidence that France was not as pro-appeasement toward the Japanese as conventionally thought, and that French policy-makers frequently had clearer insight into the dangers and opportunities which existed in the Far East than did statesmen of other major Western powers in the area.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsInternational institutionsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAsian historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Kent State University Press Publication Date: 31/01/1992 ISBN-13: 9780873384414  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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