Presenting a new interpretation of the British government's policy toward Germany from the period of Churchill and Eden to that of Attlee and Bevin, this study exploits recently released documents to illuminate the strategic maneuverings of West and East over Germany and the emergence of the Cold War.
`Anne Deighton's well-researched monograph ... should be read by all who have an interest in the conduct of Britain's foreign affairs ... she has buttressed her case with impressive archival research and interviews with surviving participants ... all will be in debt to Anne Deighton's work.'
Denis MacShane, New Statesman and Society
`superb reconstruction of the early cold war period'
Times Educational Supplement
'The developments she describes will be of lasting historical significance, not only for the forty years of Cold War, which now seems to have come to its conclusion, but for our understanding of Britain's relationship with her European neighbours and with the United States.'
A.J. Nicholls, St. Antony's College, Oxford International Review
'an important contribution to the subject'
John Young, London School of Economics, Millenium
'a competent piece of diplomatic history ... Anne Deighton adds to the growing literature seeking to illuminate and enhance the role of Britain in the beginning of the cold war'
Joseph Smith, University of Colorado at Denver, Political Studies, Volume XXXIX Number 1 March 1991
`highly competent monograph ... a necessary, as well as timely, study ... Dr Deighton ably presents an arresting thesis, and her book deserves to be widely read and discussed'
Historical Association Journal
`Dr Deighton has developed her PhD thesis into this well-written book.'
The Journal of Strategic Studies
`Anne Deighton's lucid study stresses the non-bipolar view of the cold war. She places her book clearly in the tradition of the post-revisionist school.'
German Historical Institute of London Bulletin
`thorough and perceptive study ... a trenchant, insightful account'
European History Quarterly
'Anne Deighton's carefully documented "post-revisionist" study of the division of Germany is an excellent addition to the growing literature about Britain's role in the Cold War.'
Peter Weiler, Boston College, American Historical Review, February 1992
`Anne Deighton's trenchant analysis of Britain's policy towards Germany is a major contribution to the re-evaluation of Britain's role in the early Cold War ... Anne Deighton's examination of Britain's stance in the Council of Foreign ministers, 1945-7, is the refined case-study of British policies building on these earlier works, which brings out this conclusion more starkly if anything. Combining a delicate feel for the internal dynamics of Whitehall
with a thorough study of the copious British sources, Anne Deighton in her rigorous analysis makes a major contribution to our understanding of the unfolding of the Cold War.'
Contemporary European History
`Anne Deighton has written a masterly study of Britain's diplomacy over Germany from the summer of 1945 to the end of 1947 ... This elegant and judicious monograph tells the story of these two years of effective British diplomacy in a clear and concise way
D.J. Markwell, Merton College, Oxford, The English Historical Review 1993
'an important and stimulating reappraisal of Britain'
Pauline Elkes, University of Sheffield, German Politics, Vol. 2, No. 3, Dec '93