Negotiating a Settlement for Italy and the Minor Axis Powers: Peace Diplomacy and the Origins of the Cold War, 1945–7

  • Ilaria Poggiolini


I should like to begin by making it clear that the aim of this chapter is basically to elaborate the idea of ‘agreement on disagreement’. I readily admit, right at the start, that this is quite a paradoxical definition which does, however, help us significantly in understanding the rules of peace diplomacy in the years 1945–7. Secondly, my aim is not to provide a detailed reconstruction of day-to-day diplomacy at the CFM, but rather to isolate those issues which contributed to force the negotiators to make their positions clear — even at the cost of a breakdown in negotiations — and those compromise solutions which were elaborated in order to reduce the danger of such a disappointing conclusion of the CFM’s meetings. I shall also hint at the historiographical debate on the origins of the Cold War from the point of view of my specific interest in post-World War II peace-making. Indeed, the crucial passage from wartime peace thinking to post-war practices of pacification has not been fully explored by diplomatic historians. The reason for this is, of course, apparent: the Cold War cast a dark shadow on post-war Allied peacemaking strategies as a whole. However, the failure of the former wartime Allies to elaborate an overall settlement after World War II should not lead us to conclude that the study of peace diplomacy in itself is irrelevant. As I shall demonstrate, the importance of the issue can be seen in a different perspective today, because the need to cast light on the phase of transition from wartime to post-war international relations is much clearer in the present unstable scenario.


Foreign Minister Peace Treaty Peace Negotiation American Foreign Policy United States Government Printing 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 2.
    I. Poggiolini, Diplomazia della transizione. Gli Alleati e il problema del trattato di pace italiano (1945–1947), (Florence: Ponte alle Grazie, 1990) pp. 84–5.Google Scholar
  2. 6.
    R. Dennet, J.E. Johnson, Negotiating with the Russians (Boston, Mass.: World Peace Foundation, 1951) pp. 5–14.Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    P. Dawson Ward, The Threat of Peace (Kent, Oh.: Kent State University Press, 1979) p. 87.Google Scholar
  4. 12.
    On Byrnes’s resignation see R.L. Messer, ‘“Et tu Brute”, James Byrnes, Harry Truman and the Origins of the Cold War’, in K.A. Clements (ed.), James F. Byrnes and the Origins of the Cold War (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 1982) pp. 19–49.Google Scholar
  5. 14.
    A.H. Vandenberg Jr (ed.), The Private Papers of Senator Vandenberg (Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 1952) p. 284.Google Scholar
  6. 17.
    J.F. Byrnes, Speaking Frankly (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1947) p. 131.Google Scholar
  7. 19.
    M. Fulop, ‘The Military Clauses of the Paris Peace Treaties with Rumania, Bulgaria and Hungary’, in F. Tanner (ed.), From Versailles to Baghdad: Post-War Armament Control of Defeated States (New York: United Nations, 1992) pp. 39–54.Google Scholar
  8. 22.
    P. Dawson Ward, ‘James F. Byrnes and the Paris Conference of the Council of Foreign Ministers, April 25–July 12, 1946’, in James F. Byrnes, pp. 59–74.Google Scholar
  9. 25.
    R. Messer, The End of an Alliance. James F. Byrnes, Roosevelt, Truman and the Origins of the Cold War (Chapel Hill, N.C.-London: The University of North Carolina Press, 1982) p. 214.Google Scholar
  10. 28.
    See V. Mastny, ‘Pax Sovietica’, in R. Ahmann, A.M. Birke, M. Howard (eds), The Quest for Stability. Problems of West European Security 1918–1957 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993) pp. 379–88, andGoogle Scholar
  11. 29.
    F.C. Ikle, How Nations Negotiate (New York-London: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964) pp. 16–22.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilaria Poggiolini

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations