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Chamberlain and the Lost Peace - John Charmley

Chamberlain and the Lost Peace

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Most studies of World War II assume that it was, in some way, a triumph for Britain. John Charmley's important new reappraisal of the immediate origins of the war is based on extensive new work in the Chamberlain papers. It starts from Chamberlain's belief that even a victorious war would be a disaster-it would destroy the foundations of British power and hand over Europe to Russian domination. Reconstructing Chamberlain's policy assumptions, Mr. Charmley argues that they were neither naive nor foolish. While focusing on the prime minister's personality, he also shows that Chamberlain's views were shared by many other leading politicians and diplomats. Mr. Charmley thus resurrects a whole school of thought on foreign policy which was forgotten in the wake of Churchill's triumph. Unlike Churchill, Chamberlain was not prepared to gamble an empire; but events produced, according to Mr. Charmley, indeed a "human tragedy." Early British reviews of the book have called it "important," "entertaining and absorbing," "concise and spirited," and "provocative." The Guardian wrote: "Chamberlain hardly emerges a hero from these pages, but at least there is no excuse left for regarding him as no more than a wimp in a wing-collar."

Important. The Spectator A useful, scholarly, and controversial book. -- Eau Claire CHOICE Entertaining and absorbing. The Guardian A concise and spirited defense of Chamberlain, questioning the need to guarantee Poland and fight the war. Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy Charmley's portrait is persuasive. -- F. M. Leventhal American Historical Review

List of illustrations and mapsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Prologuep. 1
The Prime Minister and the Ambassador May-November 1937p. 3
Holy Fox and the Gamekeeper November 1937p. 15
Eden and Chamberlain May-November 1937p. 22
Chamberlain and Co. November-December 1937p. 32
The Extrusion of Eden January-February 1938p. 40
The Cave of Adullam February 1938p. 52
The Traditions of British Foreign Policy February-March 1938p. 60
Towards a Commitment March-May 1938p. 71
Chamberlain and Halifax May-August 1938p. 82
The Dove of Peace August-15 September 1938p. 93
Dealing with Hitler 15-20 September 1938p. 105
Exercises in Cartography 21-28 September 1938p. 119
Light After Darkness? October 1938p. 133
'Morbid Anatomy' October 1938-March 1939p. 143
The Persistence of Appeasement November 1938-March 1939p. 154
The End of Appeasement? March 1939p. 163
Facilis Descensus Averni March-May 1939p. 176
'Die for Danzig?' May-July 1939p. 186
Chamberlain's War July-September 1939p. 197
Epiloguep. 210
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 238
List of Main Charactersp. 243
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9781566632478
ISBN-10: 1566632471
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 27th May 1999
Publisher: IVAN R DEE INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.09  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.39