Britain and the Baltic

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Britain and the Baltic

By E. W. Polson Newman
Methuen, 1930
276 pp. $10.00
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The situation in the Baltic states is perhaps less known than that in any of the critical areas of the world, and relatively little attention continues to be paid to it. This new book gives a complete survey of the Baltic problem. Basing his observations and arguments on an extended tour of the region, the author surveys in turn the outstanding questions in the history and politics of the various new states, concentrating quite naturally on the two crucial points, Vilna and Danzig. Like many thoughtful people, he feels that the world is allowing itself to be rocked into a sense of false security by the efforts made to outlaw war. There is not much of the international viewpoint in these new states, which have only just recently awaked to national consciousness, and the world must therefore be prepared for trouble in eastern Europe unless some constructive policy is worked out. Newman stresses especially the danger of an eventual Russian-German combination directed against these new states, particularly Poland, for he does not believe that the Russian bear has changed his skin, or that the Soviet Government will be able to avoid permanently the great question of securing access to the Baltic.