The Ethiopian Campaign and French Political Thought
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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There are at least two features of Yves Simon’s The Ethiopian Campaign and French Political Thought that may initially strike the reader as curious. The first is that Simon does not begin this short but trenchant and thought-provoking study...
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Ever since the creation of philosophy in ancient Greece, philosophers have had a reputation for being generally impractical and unreliable in ordinary matters. The great early philosopher Thales, according to a well-known story, allegedly...
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After several months of unrest among his supporters, Captain Dreyfus’s guilt represented, in the eyes of national factions in conflict, no more than a secondary question.1 France was profoundly split into supporters and adversaries of Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Whether Dreyfus...
Chapter One: From before the War to the Stresa Conference
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What attitudes prevalent in France before the war toward the Italian nation were considered as a political formation? When I was a child, I was taught that Napoleon III committed two particularly grievous faults: he allowed...
Chapter Two: What Do We Care about Ethiopia?
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What do we care about Ethiopia! This exclamation, which has become familiar to many French people, is not a simple confession of incompetence; it is a positive declaration of indifference, implying some principled...
Chapter Three: The Anti-Fascist Crusade
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To the partisanship of indifference with respect to the fate of Ethiopia another sort of partisanship quickly replied: blaming the Fascist government. The opportunity was too beautiful. Since the advent of the Fascist...
Chapter Four: But Is This War Just?
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As we have recalled, the Italian military action involves the violation of several treaties; if we abstract from actions prior to Ethiopia’s entry into the League of Nations, three treaties still forbid Italian troops to enter...
Chapter Five: Ethiopia’s Foreign Relations
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Ethiopian foreign relations are determined in their essentials by three sets of interests: French, British, and Italian.1 In France’s colonial economy, Djibouti plays a twofold role: it is a port of transit on the route to Indochina...
Chapter Six: The Mad Dog
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From that time on, we saw the multiplication of Italian accusations against Ethiopia, which were abundantly reported by the French press. The accusations were of two kinds: some related to the internal situation in Ethiopia...
Chapter Seven: Ethiopia’s Internal Situation
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Everyone knows that the vast territories subjected to the suzerainty of the Negus contain immense natural riches that have been little developed. A better use would assure that these riches would contribute to the common...
Chapter Eight: The Covenant of the League of Nations
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During the Peace Conference, the word spread to Addis Ababa that the French government was prepared to cede Djibouti to Italy.1,/sup> The Regent, Prince Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie) believed that there was a threat to Ethiopian independence...
Chapter Nine: British Policy
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It is unfortunate that diplomatic habits force statesmen to clothe their aims in idealist garb; this practice contributes to the appearance of a number of foolish questions. Many people have gravely asked whether Great Britain...
Chapter Ten: The Intervention of the Intellectuals
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At the beginning of autumn 1935 when it was certain that Italy would not avoid the application of the sanctions provided for in the Covenant, or at least of the more mild among them, French opinion was deeply affected...
Chapter Eleven: Reflections on Certain Resistances to the Progress of International Law
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Did some French believe that the League of Nations would never mobilize the powers of its members except in defense of our territory? We must believe so, since the plan introduced by André Tardieu at the Disarmament...
Chapter Twelve: 7 March 1936
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At the moment of writing these last lines, the Italian armies have just won important victories; thousands of men are dead; the League of Nations is trying one last effort at reconciliation; Great Britain has confirmed...
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Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2009