France's Rhineland Diplomacy, 1914-1924; The Origins of the Second World War

In This Review

France's Rhineland Diplomacy, 1914-1924

By Walter A. McDougall
Princeton University Press, 1978
420 pp. $25.00

The Origins of the Second World War

By Maurice Baumont
Yale University Press, 1978
327 pp. $22.00

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.

Related Articles

This site uses cookies to improve your user experience. Click here to learn more.