By Christopher Hill

ISBN-10: 0521391954

ISBN-13: 9780521391955

During this e-book, Dr. Christopher Hill breaks new flooring by way of featuring a close case research of the British govt and international coverage. he is taking the dramatic interval from the Munich convention of 1938 to the German invasion of the Soviet Union 3 years later and analyzes the styles of argument and impression in the British cupboard. by utilizing large archival fabric, he examines how a ways the powerful personalities of Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill have been in a position to dominate their cupboards in a space the place major ministers have routinely been alleged to workout massive freedom.

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It was not that the German move was a total surprise to the Cabinet. 5 Nonetheless, despite what seems with hindsight the ample need for advance planning, at the highest levels there seems to have been no particular forethought as to what direction British policy should take if the worst case actually occurred. It is an interesting comment on the style of British foreign policymaking in this period that although such a major event as the tearing up of the Munich settlement had been foreseen (if not fully expected) in the abstract, little had been done to cater for the eventuality.

He wrote, 'As soon as I appreciated this position fully, Constructing the Polish Guarantee, March 1939 33 I saw that it was unlikely that we should get their signature [to a fourpower declaration]. '60 Subsequent Polish actions suggest that the Poles were keen to court Britain at this stage, even if it is unlikely that they were particularly strengthened in their attitude towards Germany by British encouragement. On 24 March, in the course of a long conversation, Raczynski developed a proposal his Foreign Minister Josef Beck had made two days before, for a secret understanding between the two countries in which Britain would promise Poland help if the latter were threatened over Danzig, while Poland would promise to consult in the event of a German attack in the west.

Six cases of Cabinet decisions on the issue of what kind of war to fight, October 1938-fune 1941 1 2 3 4 5 6 The Polish Guarantee, March 1939 The prospect of a Soviet alliance, April-August 1939 Entry into war, 1-3 September 1939 Hitler's 'peace offensive', October 1939 The crisis over fighting on alone, May-June 1940 Thinking about long-term war aims, August 1940-June 1941. level group dynamics; second, to contribute to our understanding of an important period in recent British history, partly by a closer and more textual examination of Cabinet discussions than has yet taken place, despite existing treatments in print, and partly by the mining of new material in certain sections of the book.

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