Whatever else emerges from these chapters, they certainly throw some useful light on one of the most vexing problems of twentieth-century history. Granted that Britain, France, Poland and Russia were together a great deal stronger than Germany; granted that all of them perceived fearful dangers to themselves from German expansion; why was it that these four countries failed to link together in an alliance which would probably have stopped Germany without war? The contributors have highlighted the fundamental differences which underlay their apparent community of interest.
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