The Road to Intervention: March-November 1918 :: Michael Kettle

The Road to Intervention: March-November 1918 :: Michael Kettle soon to be presented for sale on the astounding BookLovers of Bath web site!

London & New York: Routledge, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Number 2 in the series. Includes: Black & white photographs (plates); Maps; List of sources;

From the cover: By the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk (with which the first volume in this series ended), Russia went out of the Great War. For the Western Allies, convinced that a huge German offensive in France was imminent, the unthinkable had happened. The Eastern Front had finally been closed down. They had a fortnight to consider their new plight. On March 21st, the German offensive, designed to win the war, opened in France. From then on, as the huge battle swayed to and fro, Allied leaders, under immense pressure, had to take major decisions on Russian policy, with desperately tired minds.

This is the context in which the Allied, and especially the British road to intervention in Russia must be judged. British policy was surprisingly coherent. Their overriding concern, in their attempt to re-open the Eastern Front, was the critical lack of manpower. The Japanese alone were in a position to intervene in Siberia in force, but only with American consent. Thus the key to intervention lay in Washington. If this period does not reflect well on any of the Allies, it is perhaps least creditable to the American Government. Rightly considering real int…

In the Russia and the Allies 1917-1920 series.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little age-spotting to the edges of the text block. Slight marking to the upper board. Minor age-toning to the lining papers. The contents complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 401 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I sweet-talk you into considering additional gorgeous books that are part of my History Russia catalogue?


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