This work addresses the much-ignored history of British policy towards Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland following the creation of nation states in Central Europe at the end of the First World War. Lojko convincingly argues that the absence of trust in the new political settlement and the discrediting of the traditional channels of diplomacy resulted in British influence in the region, being exerted mainly in the form of commercial and financial undertakings. While not always successful, the emergence of this new policy effected the development of diplomatic ties with these new nations. This resulted in the absence of significant diplomatic leverage, proving fatal in the late 1930's when the new system of nations was disintegrating as a result of escalating violence.
Miklos Lojko is a Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at the School of English and American Studies of Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary.
Contents Introduction; Part I Britain and Hungary: Partnership of Convenience Chapter 1 Politics and Diplomacy: Limited Commitments Chapter 2 The British Role in the Financial Reconstruction of Hungary After the First World War Part II Britain and Czechoslovakia: Friendship to Estrangement Chapter 3 Politics and Diplomacy: The 'Pivot' of Central Europe Chapter 4 Britain, Czechoslovakia and the Politics of Finance Part III British Policy Towards Poland: Diplomats and Bankers Against Heavy Odds Chapter 5 Britain and the Birth Throes of an Old State Chapter 6 Britain and Poland: Financial Diplomacy with Barriers Conclusion; Bibliography