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Small Nations Under The Gun. Europe 1914–1940

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In the fifth century B.C. the greatest strategic historian of war recorded a conversation between Athenian negotiators and those of the island city state of Melos. Quite simply on the great stage of world politics, the United States and its Western allies were not going to risk a global conflict over the fate of Poland. This contribution then aims to suggest some of the aspects of the sorry history that befell some of smaller powers during the darkest period of European history. The most obvious was the creation of a whole host of new small nations which had not existed before the war. The first and most obvious was the fact that the First World War had deeply shocked a British society, which had not participated in a major ground war that impacted on the upper and middle classes in its history.

Keywords: Europe; first world war; small nations

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