Brill’s Digital Library of World War I


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Small Nations under the Gun. Europe 1914–1940

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Author(s): Murray, W.
Murray, W. - Small Nations under the Gun. Europe 1914–1940 Keywords: Europe | first world war | small nations ISFWWS-Keywords: Neutral States | General | Politics | Legacy Abstract: 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…


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Author(s): Wolf, Susanne
Wolf, Susanne - Introduction Keywords: Europe | fiscal clout | Hague Conventions | Netherlands | politically savvy nation | Snijders Abstract: This introductory chapter talks about the two eventful decades, of the twentieth century, for the countries of Europe, indeed for most of the countries of the world. The Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 established the Netherlands, in Dutch eyes at least, as an unallied but politically savvy nation whose contribution to world affairs would no longer …