By Miklos Lojko
Addresses the historical past of British coverage in the direction of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland following the construction of country states in principal Europe on the finish of the 1st international battle. Lojko argues that the absence of belief within the political payment and the discrediting of the normal channels of international relations ended in British impact within the zone.
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To prevent Austria’s feared Anschluss with Germany and as a barrier against both Germany and Soviet Russia, they Politics and Diplomacy: Limited Commitments 25 intended to guide all the successor states of the former Dual Monarchy into a confederation of Danubian states, if need be under Habsburg leadership. 55 The question may arise why Vienna was not vested with this degree of conﬁdence by the French. But the post-war realities had reversed, at least for a time, the traditional asymmetry between Vienna and Budapest.
Millerand offered an unequivocal critique of the emerging political-military formation. ’ In Millerand’s view, France’s concern must be to search for the possibilities of political and economic rapprochement in Central Europe, rather than to encourage new divisions. 74 In spite of its close ties with France throughout its subsequent existence, the Little Entente originated in the temporary desertion of Prague, Bucharest and Belgrade by Paris. This was counterbalanced in this period by good British relations with Prague, where the British Minister, Sir George Clerk and the Commercial Secretary, Robert Bruce Lockhart maintained a high proﬁle, which contributed to the British acceptance of the Little Entente.
120 Hungary had refused to relinquish the territory ‘with a general resemblance to Northamptonshire,’121 which was awarded by the peace treaty to Austria, and at the same time, demanded the withdrawal from Baranya County the remaining Yugoslav occupying troops, who had entered Hungary after the collapse of Béla Kun’s dictatorship in the late summer of 1919. As the Yugoslavs procrastinated, Hungarian detachments under the command of Gyula Ostenburg-Moravek, Iván Héjjas and Pál Prónay kept the situation volatile in the disputed province, eventually declaring an autonomous entity called the ‘Banat of the Politics and Diplomacy: Limited Commitments 41 Leitha’ there, thus preventing its handover to Austria.