By W. Somerset Maugham
Full of prepared observations, autobiographical notes, and the seeds of a lot of Maugham's maximum works, A Writer's workstation is a different and exhilarating look at an outstanding writer's brain at work. From approximately 5 a long time, Somerset Maugham recorded an intimate magazine. In it we see the budding of his incomparable imaginative and prescient and his extraordinary occupation as a author. protecting the years from his time as a younger scientific scholar in London to a professional international visitor world wide, it really is playful, sharp witted, and regularly revealing. surely considered one of his most vital works, A Writer's Notebook is a needs to for Maugham lovers and an individual attracted to the artistic procedure.
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The Cabinet, while wanting now to guarantee states against aggression, was still opposed to giving any state so protected carte blanche. Nor, as these three Cabinet meetings show, were they prepared to fight for all the borders of Europe regardless. 11 Furthermore, Britain had no wish to go to war to defend what Chamberlain cavalierly described as the ‘little states’, whatever that might mean. Turkey, the crossroads between Europe and Asia, caused more anguished discussion. If the British talked to the Turks, the Italians would regard this as hostile in a way that they would not if the British spoke to the Poles, Russians or French.
This was why Halifax and Lord Chatfield, the Minister of Defence, realized that good Turco–Soviet relations were essential. 95 As Halifax reminded his colleagues, Turkey was a ‘key’ power, and ‘that it was essential to retain her friendship’. 96 Should these founder altogether – as they soon did – then the Turkish rôle as a bridge between Britain and the USSR would be all the greater. Were Turkey to fall into Axis hands, moreover, then the enemy would have access through Anatolia to the vast oil riches of the Middle East and the route to India and beyond.
The French felt that Turkey’s demands should be met in full, in order not to disrupt the parallel negotiations going on with the Soviets in Moscow. This, in effect, gave Turkey the upper hand in talks with the (soon to be) Allies, the less important country holding the whip hand over two much larger and more powerful states. The Turks were surely well aware of this when, in July, they drastically increased their financial demands on Britain (and remember, it was on the United Kingdom only, since the French thought that their cession of Hatay98 to the Turks was sacrifice enough).
A Writer's Notebook by W. Somerset Maugham