European Neutrals and Non-Belligerents during the Second by Neville Wylie

By Neville Wylie

This assortment offers the main complete English-language survey of the behavior of impartial and non-belligerent states throughout the struggle for 50 years. The essays specialize in how person impartial governments perceived foreign advancements and exhibit the household political situations that seriously affected their reaction to the process the conflict. They hence give you the political context that has been ignored in contemporary controversies surrounding their humanitarian and fiscal actions, and supply analytical introductions to the massive volume of old writing unavailable in English.

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Denmark  was no doubt told what he wanted to hear in London, but this does not alter the fact that the British neither could nor would give any military guarantees to Denmark. ’ In fact, British diplomats could see some benefits in a German occupation, partly because of the strains in supply it would cause the Germans if Denmark was cut off from its trade connections to the West. This assessment proved to be wrong, but was shared by Berlin in  . With its extensive foreign trade, Denmark was very dependent on international trade conditions for its prosperity and social stability.

K. Volkov and L. J. Gibjanskii (Moscow,  ), and Gabriel Gorodetsky’s Grand Delusion draw on material from Soviet, Polish, and Romanian archives. Introduction  decisions for themselves: whether, as in this case, to root out Nazi Quislings, two weeks after the German invasion of Norway, or later in the war when it was up to the neutrals to decide whether to offer ‘safe-havens’ to war refugees or to war criminals and their fortunes. PART I The ‘Phoney War’ neutrals CHAPTER  Denmark, September  –April   Hans Kirchhoff Denmark’s policy of neutrality from September   to April   was rooted in a centuries-old tradition of alliance-free neutrality, which was conditioned by the country’s geo-strategic position, its role as a small country and historical experience.

They therefore planned a peripheral defence that came close to the government’s guarding and marking strategy. The bad atmosphere between the government and the generals, in particular, created problems of coordination and weakened the management of the crisis when war actually came. It is symptomatic that the operational orders from the First World War, in which troops were instructed to fight to the last man, were not updated until after the Munich crisis of  . In   the defence regulations were revised.

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