Derek Drinkwater

in Sir Harold Nicolson and International Relations

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199273850
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602344 | DOI:

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Sir Harold Nicolson’s international thought, more specifically, his thinking on international order, diplomacy, a united Europe, world government, and global peace, was shaped by his upbringing in a diplomatic household, an Oxford classical education, and two decades as a diplomat in Europe and Asia Minor. Especially significant were his Foreign Office service in London during the First World War and his involvement in peacemaking at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, which culminated in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Nicolson also made important contributions at the Lausanne Conference (1922–23), en poste in Germany between 1927 and 1929, and as an anti-appeasement MP prior to the Second World War. His fifty-year career, from the time of the Balkan Wars to Suez, represented an attempt to resolve the question of how best to secure international stability: through power politics, idealism, or an amalgam of realist and idealist approaches.

Keywords: appeasement; diplomacy; First World War; idealism; Lausanne Conference; Paris Peace Conference; peacemaking; power politics; Suez; Treaty of Versailles

Chapter.  8879 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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