In This Review
France's Rhineland Diplomacy, 1914-1924
Princeton University Press, 1978, 420 pp
The Origins of the Second World War
Yale University Press, 1978, 327 pp
These two books, though different, are complementary. McDougall is a young American scholar, experimental and pragmatic in his approach to diplomatic history; he reconstructs French policies, born of perceived weakness, with clarity and sympathy. His is an important monograph, based on new sources. Baumont, a veteran French diplomatic historian, presents a conventional synthesis of European politics in the 1930s. Both books contribute to our understanding of the German problem and the European responses to it.
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