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Cabinet Decisions on Foreign Policy : The British Experience, October 1938-June 1941 - Christopher Hill

Cabinet Decisions on Foreign Policy

The British Experience, October 1938-June 1941

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Published: 28th June 1991
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Although Parliament is the principal source of authority in the British political system, it is the Cabinet which stands at the pinnacle of government. Yet what actually happens at Cabinet meetings? How are decisions made, particularly in the arena of foreign policy? Such questions have hitherto been largely overlooked by both historians and political scientists. In this book, Dr Christopher Hill presents a detailed case-study of the British government and foreign policy, during the dramatic period from the Munich Conference of 1938 to the German invasion of the Soviet Union three years later. Using extensive archival material, he examines how far the strong personalities of Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill respectively were really able to dominate their Cabinets in an area of policy where Prime Ministers have traditionally been supposed to exercise considerable freedom. This analysis concentrates on six decisions that were of key importance in committing Britain to the war which began in September 1939 but which changed so sharply in character in June 1940 with the fall of France. An original study of foreign policymaking at the highest level, this book will be widely read by international relations specialists while historians will welcome the close-textured account of key episodes of this period. It will also reinvigorate debates among political scientists on the nature of Cabinet government.

'... even the confirmed specialist will learn a lot in this magnificently-researched monograph.' Cercles

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Preface
Cabinets, foreign policies and case-studies
Constructing the Polish Guarantee, 15-31 March 1939
The Soviet question, April-August 1939
Entry into war, 1-3 September 1939
Reacting to the 'peace offensive', October 1939
To continue alone? May-June 1940
The longer term: war aims and other committees, October 1940-June 1941
Decision-making in Cabinet
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521391955
ISBN-10: 0521391954
Series: LSE Monographs in International Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 28th June 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.64