The Impact of Hitler: British Politics and British Policy 1933-1940

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 8, 2005 - History - 576 pages
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In his book, Mr Cowling describes the relationship between British party politics and the conduct of British foreign policy between Hitler's arrival in office in 1933 and Chamberlain's resignation in May 1940. He sets British policy in the context of European, Imperial, League, national and isolational sentiments and takes account of the strategic and financial limitations within which decisions were made. He shows how far prime ministers, foreign secretaries and the cabinet responded to parliamentary criticism, and argues that, from mid-1936 onwards, foreign policy and the prospects of the party system were so intimately connected that neither can be understood in isolation from the other.
 

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This is an odd review, as I have not read the book. But I was a history student at Peterhouse in the late 1970's. Maurice Cowling led me through many difficult supervisions about political thought. I am now a left- winger, of the extreme sort, and I fear that the Peterhouse rejection of liberalism is embittered and wrong. History is not about high politics, about Tory elites dictating to the lower orders, but about ordinary people engaged in class struggle for the freedom that money's vile snobs would deny them.  

Contents

The recovery of the Labour party
15
The rejection of Lloyd George
33
The function of the League of Nations
63
The failure of the League of Nations
97
Chamberlain and Eden
143
Chamberlain and Hitler
177
The Labour party
209
Eden Churchill and their allies
223
The declaration of war
313
Chamberlain and the war
355
The fall of Chamberlain
367
Conclusion
387
the actors
401
Bibliography
421
Notes
427
Index
543

Halifax
257
Chamberlain Churchill and Hitler
293

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