British Policy During the Ruhr Crisis 1922-1924

Elspeth O'Riordan

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    Abstract

    This article provides an overview of British policy during a defining episode in the interwar period — the Ruhr crisis of 1923-4. The author assesses the external considerations influencing Britain's policy (especially the roles of France, Germany, and the United States), and also explores the processes of foreign policy making within Britain's complex bureaucratic system. In particular, the relationship between the Foreign Office and the Treasury is analyzed and its impact on European policy assessed. The article challenges traditional views of British policy at this time, concluding that it was far more complex, but also far more limited and constrained, than previous studies would suggest.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)221-251
    Number of pages31
    JournalDiplomacy & Statecraft
    Volume15
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Keywords

    • Great Britain
    • Foreign policy
    • Ruhr crisis

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