Portrait of an Appeaser: Robert Hadow, First Secretary in the British Foreign Office, 1931-1939

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Praeger, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 166 pages
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This work relates the policy of appeasement to the personal beliefs and decisions of those responsible for foreign policy. Using Robert Hadow, First Secretary in the Foreign Office, as an example of an appeaser, this approach aims to demonstrate how intelligent and capable men in Britain fell victim to a policy which, to many still, in retrospect, appears blind and irrational. An examination of Hadow's fear of war, his reaction to communism, his sympathy for the German minority in Czechoslovakia, and his actions inside and outside the Foreign Office in pursuit of appeasement is made in this book through detailed research of Hadow's public and private papers. By following the course of Hadow's career and the working of his mind in the 1930s, this study explains the thinking behind a policy associated with Britain on the eve of World War II.

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Appeasement Applied
29
Appeasement Pursued
57
Mood of Desperation
83
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LINDSAY W. MICHIE teaches at East Carolina University, Chowan College, and Roanoke-Chowan Community College.

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