Back door to war: The Roosevelt foreign policy, 1933-1941 by Charles Callan Tansill

By Charles Callan Tansill

Again Door to War
Roosevelt overseas coverage from 1933-1941.

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15 The following month Ambassador Herrick, who was usually quite Francophile, wrote to Secretary Hughes and deprecated the attitude of Poincare with reference to pressure upon Germany: "There is now definitely no hope of making any impression on Poincare personally. He has learned nothing and forgotten nothing, not from lack of intelligence but rather from definite purpose. . He has staked his political life and reputation on his aggressive policy. "17 In January 1923, French troops moved into the Ruhr as far east as Dortmund.

T. Hutchinson (Chicago, 1 9 3 7 ) , p . 315. , p. 319. 33 George L. Beer, African Questions at the Paris Peace Conference, ed. L. H . Gray ( N e w York, 1923), pp. 58-60. 34 Bailey, op. , p. 163. 35 Harry R. Rudin, Germany in the Cameroons, 1884-1914 ( N e w Haven, 1938), pp. 11, 414, 419. 31 16 BACK DOOR TO WAR The Germans were deeply incensed because the Allied governments refused to count the colonies as an important credit item in the reparation account. Some Germans had estimated the value of the colonies at nine billion dollars.

Lloyd George was convinced by the German arguments, but President Wilson still gave some heed to Professor Lord who complained that Germany had been sovereign over Upper Silesia for only two centuries. Even though Mr. Lamont countered with the remark that this territory had not "belonged to Poland for 400 years," the President retained a lingering faith in the vehement protestations of Professor Lord. But this faith received a further shock when the learned professor opposed the holding of a plebiscite in Upper Silesia.

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