Conflict and Compromise: The Strategy, Politics and by Marjorie Milbank Farrar (auth.)

By Marjorie Milbank Farrar (auth.)

The ancient literature at the first global warfare has committed fairly little cognizance to the Allied blockade of the imperative Powers. The few released reviews have centred both at the blockade's naval points or solely at the British contribution. Little attempt has been made heretofore to differentiate the French position. This examine specializes in the French contribution to the diplomatic, as contrasted with the maritime, blockade of the principal Powers. It discusses basically French family members with the so-called eu border impartial states : largely Switzerland, but in addition the Netherlands and the 3 Scandinavian international locations. in basic terms within the diplomatic points of the Allied blockade application did the French play a particular function. Their token contribution to maritime blockade job remained subordinate to the British. An exam of Franco-neutral rela­ tions includes not just a learn of these diplomatic contacts consistent with se but additionally a comparability of French and British strategies as a mirrored image of differing monetary battle suggestions. This examine additionally investigates the improvement of a French blockade association to satisfy the calls for of this new weapon, the diplomatic blockade.

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LC could act only on unanimous decisions. Therefore, it could not adopt a policy that the French opposed. C. could not function effectively unless its verdicts were heeded. The matter involved practical application rather than principle. Jean Gout and Customs Office Director Jean Branet did not think that the organization was trying to overstep its bounds. Thus, they argued in favor of allowing it to perform its intended functions. IS The Comite de restriction as a whole attributed exaggerated significance to this incident.

73 Cochin, Les Organisations de blocus ... , p. 134; Siney. Allied Blockade ... , p. , p. 75. It took the British Statutory Lists as its base. OUTWARD UNITY AND INNER TENSION 35 black-list questions to an interministerial subcommittee of the Comite de restriction directed by the Comite's vice-president, Admiral Amet. The subcommittee's first task was to reconcile the war and foreign ministries' divergent secret lists. But the different French administrations, who were accustomed to drawing up their own lists, were reluctant to let Amet's subcommittee take the initiative.

Premier Briand notified Denys Cochin of the conference's support for a black-list system and urged the Comite de restriction to study it immediately. The French could draw up their own list of Swiss firms and initially use the British Statutory Lists for the northern neutrals. 70 But the French planned to have two lists, an official one published in the Journal Officiel and a confidential one. S. forbade Allied discrimination against Swiss firms on nationality grounds. 71 The French could thus observe possibly suspect firms without advertising their suspicions until proven correct.

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