The Change of the French Foreign Policy between 1934 and 1936 Cover Image

A francia külpolitika változása 1934-1936 között
The Change of the French Foreign Policy between 1934 and 1936

Author(s): Zsuzsanna Enyedi
Subject(s): Interwar Period (1920 - 1939)
Published by: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Új-és Jelenkori Egyetemes Történeti Tanszék
Keywords: German rearmament; French foreign policy; collective security; arms limitation negotiations; Franco-Italian talks; Franco-Soviet Pact; reoccupation of the Rhineland

Summary/Abstract: Germany’s rearmament posed a major threat to France since Hitler had come to power in 1933 and left the Rearmament Conference, therefore the question of security became the main issue in France’s foreign policy. The appointment of Louis Barthou to Foreign Minister in 1934 basically changed French diplomacy by attempting to develop the system of alliances as well as to accept a convention on arms limitation involving Germany. However French plans did not always meet with the concepts of British foreign policy. Pierre Laval, Barthou’s successor on the post, carried on negotiations with Italy and the Soviet-Union which led to the Franco-Soviet pact in 1935 besides he was still determined to approach Germany and resume arm limitation talks. As a result of the failure of the efforts made in order to prevent rearmament, Hitler announced German conscription which was followed by the reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 127-140
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Hungarian