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Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1967. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. , 404 pages. Map. Footnotes. Bibliography. Index. Some foxing on fore-edge. DJ is price-clipped soiled and small tears. In the most comprehensive study in any language of the background to the Italian-Ethiopian War, the author investigates how the leaders of the great, and lesser, powers reacted to Mussolini’s open preparations for his invasion of Ethiopia in October 1935, and analyzes the profound consequences of their actions. Skillfully disentangling the complex political, diplomatic, and military events, George Baer shows that Great Britain and France, in particular, found themselves caught between their obligations to the Covenant of the League of Nations and their desire to maintain good relations with Italy. Unable to act decisively, they let Mussolini’s war begin and left an empty shell in Geneva, thus setting the stage for World War II.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1945. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xii, , 429,  pages. Illustrations. Maps. Bibliographical Notes. Index. Discoloration inside boards, pencil underlining in margins of several pages. Cover wear. Thomas Andrew Bailey (December 14, 1902 – July 26, 1983) was a professor of history at his alma mater, Stanford University, and authored many historical monographs on diplomatic history, including the widely used American history textbook, The American Pageant. He was known for his wit and clever terms he coined, such as "international gangsterism." He popularized diplomatic history with his entertaining textbooks and lectures. Bailey contended foreign policy was significantly affected by public opinion, and that current policy makers could learn from history. Perhaps the harshest attack on Wilson's to diplomacy came from Bailey in two books that remain widely cited by scholars, Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace and Woodrow Wilson and the Great Betrayal, Bailey: contended that Wilson's wartime isolationism, as well as his peace proposals at war's end, were seriously flawed. Highlighting the fact that American delegates encountered staunch opposition to Wilson's proposed League of Nations, Bailey concluded that the president and his diplomatic staff essentially sold out, compromising American ideals to secure mere fragments of Wilson's progressive vision. While Bailey primarily targeted Wilson in these critiques, others did not emerge unscathed. His works remain noteworthy for the care with which Bailey systematically overturned myths about U.S. diplomatic history by reexamination of the underlying sources.
New York: The Dial Press, Inc., 1968. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xix, , 383,  pages. Endpaper maps. Illustrations. Maps. Chronology. Appendices. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Some soiling to fore-edge. Small tears to DJ edges and small pieces missing. A. J. Barker was a colonel in the British army and graduated from the Royal Military College at Shrivenham. He saw action in World War II in Somaliland, Abyssinia and Burma, the Middle East and Malaya. He retired in 1958 and was the author of several military history books.
New York: Random House, 1936. Presumed First U. S. Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 24 cm. 383,  pages. Illustrations. Index. Endpapers discolored, Ink notation on front endpaper. Rear board weak and restrengthened with glue. Many pencil notes on rear flyleaf & inside rear cover. This honest book adds to the author's previous account of his years in Washington, though there is new light on his relations with certain American personalities. Its most important contributions concern Bernstorff's ambassadorship at Constantinople during the last part of the war, and his activities in the political life of the German Republic, particularly on behalf of the League and disarmament. This volume should be read by all who wish to understand the tragedy of postwar German democracy.
Chicago, IL: Denoyer-Geppert Company, 1923. Second Edition [stated]. Presumed first printing. Trade paperback. , iii, 71, iv-viii p. Illustrations, black & white. Highlighting/underlining. Ink number on front cover. Cover is worn, torn and soiled. Some stray pencil marks noted. Top of title page trimmed.