East of Malta, West of Suez: Britain's Mediterranean Crisis, 1936-1939

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East of Malta, West of Suez: Britain's Mediterranean Crisis, 1936-1939

By Lawrence R. Pratt
Cambridge University Press (in cooperation with the London School of Econom, 1975
215 pp. $17.95
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A good monograph with an important thesis: Britain's weakness in the strategic Mediterranean had a determining and necessarily debilitating impact on its generally hapless foreign policy before the war. "The British Empire [in the 1930s] was overextended and under-prepared, resembling a patchwork of interdependent weaknesses." Written with verve and judgment.