Foreign News: Background and Results

What made the success at Moscow possible?

London had three answers: 1) good will: the three foreign ministers had made up their minds to understand each other's mutual problems; 2) good sense: they were prepared to discuss any question that anyone wanted to bring up—though not to battle everything through to a final decision; 3) good tactics: Cordell Hull and Anthony Eden pleased the Russians by putting military problems ahead of everything else.

Washington sources added a fourth answer: good preparation. According to this surprising yet circumstantial account, the joint "Four-Power Declaration," embodying the...

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