Download PDF by E. H. Carr: International Relations Between the Two World Wars

By E. H. Carr

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ISBN-13: 9780333389553

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By this time saner opinion in the Allied countries had come to understand that Germany was in no position to foot more than a small proportion of this enormous bill. While the Allied Governments had not yet sufficient courage publicly to renounce any part of their claims, the German debt was divided into three sections, represented by three classes of bonds A 1 1 B and " " C ". The 11 C " bonds, which accounted for £4 ,ooo,ooo,ooo, were to be held by the Reparation Commission until such time as Germany's capacity to pay was established ; and two-thirds of the whole debt was thus shelved indefinitely.

But the only agreement reached between them was one fixing deliveries of coal for the next six months ; and the chief decision taken by the Spa Conference in the 53 THE PERIOD OF ENFORCEMENT reparation question was the allocation, as between the Allies themselves, of the hitherto non-existent receipts. France was to take 52 per cent, the British Empire 22' per cent, Italy zo per cent and Belgium 8 per cent, the balance being left for distribution between the minor Allies. Belgium, in view of the special severity of her sufferings, was to have priority up to the amount of £ I oo,ooo,ooo.

But she could scarcely face the world alone. In these circumstances, the French policy of alliance with the neighbours of Germany coincided perfectly with Poland's own needs. The Franco-Polish treaty of alliance of February 1921 was an instrument of close political co-operation. I t was accompanied by a secret military convention, and was followed by the supply from France on easy terms of large supplies of war material for the equipment of the Polish army. Some cautious Frenchmen complained that so quarrel­ some an ally was more of a liability than an asset, and that no French soldier would be willing to die for Poland.

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