The Impact of Hitler: British Politics and British Policy 1933-1940
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.
The recovery of the Labour party
The rejection of Lloyd George
The function of the League of Nations
The failure of the League of Nations
Chamberlain and Eden
Chamberlain and Hitler
The Labour party
Eden Churchill and their allies
The declaration of war
Chamberlain and the war
The fall of Chamberlain
Chamberlain Churchill and Hitler