Hitler and Appeasement: The British Attempt to Prevent the Second World War

A&C Black, 01.01.2006 - 240 Seiten
Hitler, Mussolini and Japan posed a terrible threat to Britain and its empire. With America withdrawn into isolationism and Stalin's Russia hostile to the West, it is hardly surprising that Britain strove to sustain peace for as long as possible by the traditional tools of diplomacy and accommodation. Stigmatized as "Appeasement," this has often been held to be a bankrupt policy, epitomized by Chamberlain's Munich Agreement in 1938, handing over the Sudetenland. "Appeasing Hitler" shows, in contrast, that many of the government's policies were reasonable and well thought out; nor did ministers ignore rearmament. After the appalling experiences of the First World War, no one in Britain wished to be in another war. It was only the unpredictable catastrophes of the Russo-German agreement of 1939 and the Fall of France in 1940 that cast Appeasement into disrepute, leaving stains on the reputations of Baldwin and Chamberlain that deserve to be removed.

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Hitler Comes to Power
Four Appeasers
Italy and Japan
Three Crises
The Armed Forces
The Foreign Office

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Über den Autor (2006)

Peter Neville is a Teaching Fellow at the University of East Anglia and is the author of The Holocaust (Cambridge University Press 1999).

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