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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionThe New Member
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date14 Sep 1934
Embedded text or transcriptGeneva Branch of the Blimp family: "Gad,sir, can't think what the Committee is up
to, lettin' a Russian into the Club. The feller's obviously no gentleman." Anti Bols[h News]
Latest Plots Anti-Bolsh News Disgraceful Goings-On League of Nations Vulgar disarmament ideas
Yearning The Promise The Daily Vow Morning Pledge Word of Honour
Person DepictedLitvinov; M. M. (Maksim Maksimovich), (1876-1951)
Barthou; Louis (1862-1934)
Simon; John Allsebrook (1873-1954); 1st Viscount
Colonel Blimp; (fictional)
NotesRepublished in Years of Wrath p.20. Commentary: When Germany began rapidly to rearm in
defiance of the Versailles Treaty, France turned to Russia. The former pariah Bolshevik
(personified here in Foreign Commissar Litvinov) joined the League of Nations on the initiative
of France (Barthou) with the approval of Britain (Simon). This attempt to recreate the pre-war
balance of power, after Germany and Japan had withdrawn from Geneva, met with protests from
Switzerland and Poland and from individual anti-Bolsheviks and pro-Fascists everywhere. John
Allsebrook was British Foreign Secretary 1931-1935 Louis Barthou was French Foreign Minister
Barthou had, in 1934, proposed an 'Eastern Locarno', under which Russia would come to the aid of
France, Poland and Czechoslovakia should any be attacked. Poland and Czechoslovakia objected to
any Soviet involvement, and Germany refused to sign, as did Britain, making the treaty worthless.
France was then determined to include Russia in the League, in a permanent seat, as an
alternative alliance against Germany, which, along with Japan, had quit the League in 1933. After
17 days of heated negotiation, mainly an attempt to convince Poland, Canada, Belgium. Holland,
Jugoslavia and Switzerland, Russia joined the League in October 1934.
International relations
League of Nations 1919
gentlemen's clubs
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