By Miklos Lojko
Addresses the historical past of British coverage in the direction of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland following the production of country states in relevant Europe on the finish of the 1st global conflict. Lojko argues that the absence of belief within the political payment and the discrediting of the conventional channels of international relations led to British effect within the area.
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They were no doubt aware that they were intensifying the competition between France and Great Britain. During the spring of 1920, Dr. 65 The news of an impending agreement became known when, at the Allied conference in London, held in February and March, the British and the Italians were inclined to move on certain territorial issues in Hungary’s favour. 66 The apparent rush to seek Hungary’s favour set off alarm bells among the victorious successor states. The most articulate spokesman of Hungary’s new neighbours, the Czechoslovak Foreign Minister, Edvard Beneš, initiated a diplomatic counter-offensive.
85 Even though the British scheme did not directly interfere with any French deal regarding the railways, the French were alarmed by the progress of the British commercial talks. On 29 July 1920, Sir George Grahame86 reported from Paris that the French journal Eclair had published an article by a M. ’87 It was a sign of the gradual weakening of the French position in Hungary that this despatch was not minuted by the Foreign Ofﬁce. The British were also cautious not to stoke French suspicions. When, on 29 June 1920, Lord Derby, the British ambassador in Paris, asked for a British 32 Part I · Britain and Hungary warning to be sent to the French government with regard to the Schneider–Creusot negotiations for control of the Hungarian state railways, Eric Phipps, substituting for Curzon, declined the ambassador’s request.
And the Labour Party, headed by Josiah Wedgwood, was appointed,102 visited Hungary in May and published their report in June 1920. The allegations against the Hungarian régime were grave: 36 Part I · Britain and Hungary 1. political persecution of all who do not support the Horthy rule; 2. suppression of Trade Unionism and the right to strike; 3. anti-Semitism; 4. massacres, executions, and imprisonments, both under form of law and without form of law; 5. torture of prisoners and ill-treatment in prisons; 6.