STEPS TOWARD WAR
Issues Clear.—Unlike the diplomatic correspondence of 1914, to which infinite study was later given to establish facts and responsibility, the communications preceding the War of 1939 are relatively unimportant. Leaving aside the question of “war guilt,” the facts are clear. The purpose of Germany was to take Danzig and the Corridor; that of France and Britain was to support Poland as a preventive of Germany’s expansion over Eastern. Europe and possible domination of the Continent. Germany was right in her view that Poland would not negotiate on the basis of the German demands. The only uncertainty involved was whether or not one side or the other would at the last moment back down to avoid war. Stripped of rhetoric and propaganda, the record of conferences, realignments, and diplomatic exchanges, given below in more or less chronological sequence, tells little more than is stated above.