chapter  11
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Waiting for the Lytton Report 1. Into the Background

IN the six months from the end of March 1932 until the close of September, the Far Eastern situation received only slight and intermittent attention. For the great mass of the British public, it may confidently be said, the problem receded well into the background, and was almost forgotten. Interest in the situation at Shanghai swiftly declined when fighting there ceased. As for Manchuria, further consideration of the problem by the League of Nations had been deferred until the Commission of Inquiry, under Lord Lytton’s chairmanship, had completed its task. In the meantime, other and graver issues had come to dominate the international scene.