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A secret plan drawn up by the British and French foreign ministers, Hoare and Laval, 10 December 1935
(Catalogue ref: PRO 30/69/621)
PRO 30/69/621; Hoare-Laval plan, 1935


  1. What is being proposed in the plan?

  2. Who would benefit from this plan?

  3. Hoare and Laval planned to present the proposal to Mussolini before showing it to the League of Nations or Haile Selassie. What does this plan show about the determination of Britain and France to stand up to Mussolini?

  4. The plan was abandoned when the British public found out about it. Both foreign ministers were forced to resign. Were Hoare and Laval wrong to draw up this proposal? Explain your answer.