The Alliance under Strain 1926–1930

  • R. F. Holland
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series (CAMCOM)


The imperial rapport of 1926 was gradually undermined in the following four years, and by 1930 a more acute sense of doubt as to the long-term prospects of Commonwealth prevailed than at any time since the War. In 1929 Arthur Ponsonby,1 shortly after his appointment as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Dominion Affairs in the new Labour government, remarked

I cannot help feeling that we are drifting too much without plan on the various questions connected with the position of the Dominions… While up to a point it may be wise to deal with problems as they arise it is conceivable, and indeed symptoms are not lacking, that we may find ourselves confronted one of these days with a serious dilemma.2


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  1. 12.
    For a more dispassionate consideration of Skelton’s influence on Canadian foreign policy see R. Veatch, Canada and the League of Nations (Toronto, 1975 ) pp. 115–24.Google Scholar
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    See R. C. Mills, ‘Australia’s Loan Policy’ in P. Campbell (ed.), Studies in Australian Affairs (Melbourne, 1928 ).Google Scholar
  3. Sir Hal Colebatch, ‘Australian Credit as Viewed from London’, Economic Record, November 1927.Google Scholar
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    Archer, Norman (1892–1970). Transferred from the Colonial Office to the Dominions Office 1925; Secretary to the UK High Commissioner in Canada 1932–36.Google Scholar
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    Hancock, W. K., Survey of British Commonwealth Affairs. Problems of Economic Policy, part I (Oxford, 1940) p. 187.Google Scholar
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    I. Drummond, British Economic Policy and the Empire 1919–39 (London, 1972) p. 29.Google Scholar

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