The Elusive Quest: America's Pursuit of European Stability and French Security, 1919-1933

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The Elusive Quest: America's Pursuit of European Stability and French Security, 1919-1933

By Melvyn P. Leffler
University of North Carolina Press, 1979
409 pp.
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Historians of American foreign relations have too often ridiculed the 1920s as an era of unmitigated economic selfishness and political naïveté from which flowed international anarchy in the 1930s and world war in the 1940s. Melvyn Leffler's deep and subtle study corrects the stereotype by showing generally intelligent men grappling quite constructively with unprecedented problems.