In This Review

France's Rhineland Diplomacy, 1914-1924
France's Rhineland Diplomacy, 1914-1924
By Walter A. McDougall
Princeton University Press, 1978, 420 pp
The Origins of the Second World War
The Origins of the Second World War
By Maurice Baumont
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.