Gooch, G. P.
April 1959
Foreign Affairs;Apr1959, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p432
The article presents information about political relations between Germany and France. For centuries French militarism was the nightmare of Germans and following 1870 the spectre of German aggression robbed Frenchmen of their sleep. Soon after political leader Arthur Salter published his heartening survey "Recovery," the American blizzard swept across the Atlantic and sent the figures of unemployment in Germany rocketing to seven million. The weakness of France can no longer be concealed from the world or from herself. The failure of the Treaty of Versailles to lead stricken Europe back to the paths of peace is a solemn warning to statesmen of today on both sides of the Atlantic confronted with a similar situation of military triumph. Victories exploited up to or beyond the limit of human endurance are liable to prove boomerangs. The First World War has been described as the War of the Dissolution of the Austrian Empire, and its successor may be termed the War of the Collapse of the Bismarckian Edifice. The substitution of a democratic republic for an authoritarian empire in 1918 was a trifle compared to the radical amputation of 1945.


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