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Neville Chamberlain, Appeasement and the British Road to War : New Frontiers in History (Paperback) - Frank McDonough

Neville Chamberlain, Appeasement and the British Road to War

New Frontiers in History (Paperback)

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Published: 8th January 1998
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In this controversial re-evaluation of Neville Chamberlain and appeasement, Frank McDonough draws on a fascinating range of primary and secondary sources to make his case. He argues that Chamberlain believed a Second World War would be disastrous for Britain, and focussed all his energies to avoid it. In doing so, he used and abused the 'mood of his age', which favoured a collective international drive o preserve peace, and not nationally self-interested policy which Chamberlain followed. It was Hitler's entry into Prague in March 1939 which exposed appeasement as a fantasy and forced Chamberlain, under pressure from national opinion, to make a half-hearted and muddled attempt to stand up to the dictator. It was a task to which Chamberlain's flawed political judgement was even more ill-suited and which ultimately led to the outbreak of war in September 1939. The book differs from other studies of the subject by setting Chamberlain's actions within a wider chronological framework and by taking a fresh look at the underlying influences on the policy of appeasement within British society.

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction: the changing debatep. 1
Appeasement and British government 1918-1939
British foreign policy 1918-1937p. 13
National defencep. 33
Chamberlain's new direction, May 1937-February 1938p. 45
The road to Munich, March-September 1938p. 57
The approach of war, October 1938-September 1939p. 72
Appeasement and British society 1918-1939
Appeasers and anti-appeasersp. 95
The mass media, public opinion and appeasementp. 114
Economic appeasementp. 133
Conclusionp. 153
Selected documentsp. 162
Select bibliographyp. 176
Indexp. 186
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ISBN: 9780719048326
ISBN-10: 071904832X
Series: New Frontiers in History (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 8th January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.41 x 13.82  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.26