Left Wings Over Europe, or How to Start a War About Nothing is the title of a book by British man of letters Wyndham Lewis, written in 1936 (the text is available online). The book tries to analyze the pre-war hysteria that was prevalent in England at that time. I'll give some brief quotes ... "As far as Great Britain is concerned, there is, in 1936, not a shadow of a reason for a war with anybody.- .... It is because that there is no concrete reason that abstract reasons have had to be thought up and trotted out. "Nationalism may be superseded by the issue between different forms of political structure, between parliamentarism, fascism, and Bolshevism. .... Parliamentarism and Bolshevism seem to feel a remarkable affinity for one another, if for no other reason than that they are both consumed with an equal hatred of fascism. "So the game of 'encirclement goes on, and all these arrangements carried on over the heads and usually in contradiction to the wishes of the people..., and constantly stimulated by British and French gold.... (Michael Tukachevski stopped behind in England after the funeral of King George to go round the British armament factories to pick his tanks and guns.) There have constantly been rumours of a 50 million pound loan from Britain to France. That is, in plain language, Britain arming France against 'the Hun. '... the Germans have the pleasure of observing the vast coalition of peaceably-minded states preparing, upon a luxurious scale, regardless of cost, air-bases from which, in every direction, fleets of bombers can be directed against the cities of the Reich. 'The memorandum states than in consequence of the military treaty concluded in June 6 between Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, Russian aeroplane bases are now being rapidly organized throughout Slovakia." etc., etc. While Lewis's book describes what he sees as British policy, it doesn't attempt to explain the why of it. In this regard I just came on a few quotes which indicate one of the missing pieces in understanding British policy ... from Dr. Carroll Quigley, “Tragedy and Hope” “The Rhodes Scholarships are known to everyone. What is not so widely known is that Rhodes in five previous wills left his fortune to form a secret society, which was to devote itself to the preservation and expansion of the British Empire. And what does not seem to be known to anyone is that this secret society ... continues to exist to this day …There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical Right believes the communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups and frequently does so. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960's, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies ... but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known."