This is a work which examines the dilemma Britain faced in relations with Turkey and some of the Balkan states from 1939–41. It is a study based primarily on the archives, and on those British official papers found in the Public Record Office in Kew in particular. It is not a history of the war in general, nor does it seek to duplicate or replace works written about individual episodes of that epic struggle. However, one cannot altogether ignore the intense historiographical debate that has been raging in recent years, as different schools of interpretation have sought to argue over the events leading up to the Second World War, and the conduct of that war thereafter. This introduction will therefore look briefly at these arguments, before delving into the archives to see if a solution can be found.
KeywordsAlly Side Individual Episode Balkan State British Strategy Russian Archive
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