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Chamberlain, Germany and Japan, 1933-4 / Peter Bell
Bib ID 2770987
Format BookBook
Author
Bell, Peter, 1949-
 
Description Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Macmillan Press ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996 
xii, 240 p. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0333644344 (cloth)
0312158831 (St. Martin's Press) (cloth)
Series

Studies in military and strategic history.

Summary

This book takes a fresh look at the record of Chamberlain and the National Government during 1933-4, when the first defence requirements enquiry occurred against the background of an emerging two-front danger from Germany and Japan. It explores the interaction between different departments of state and individuals in the formulation of strategic policy, demonstrating how, largely under Chamberlain's influence, Britain's priorities were redefined in favour of air defence at home rather than military intervention in Europe or naval defence of the Empire in the Far East. It portrays graphically the dilemmas facing Britain in an era when its resources were outstripped by risks and commitments, interlinking this with the debate about appeasement. It also explores the complications caused by relations with the isolationist USA and offers insights into the varied spectrum of opinion towards that country within the British Government.

Full contents
  • 1. The Danger from Germany and Japan
  • 2. Confronting the Two-Front Menace
  • 3. The Ultimate Potential Enemy
  • 4. Disarmament, Security and Defence Requirements
  • 5. The Practical Politics of the Far East
  • 6. Cutting the Coat according to the Cloth
  • 7. Perspectives
  • 8. Conclusion
  • Appendix I: FO Memorandum on the Foreign Policy of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom
  • Appendix II: Annual Review for 1933 by the Chiefs of Staff
 
Notes

"In association with King's College London."

Includes bibliographical references (p. 228-236) and index.

Subjects Chamberlain, Neville, 1869-1940 -- Views on foreign relations.  |  World politics -- 1933-1945.  |  Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1910-1936.  |  Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1910-1936.  |  Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Germany.  |  Germany -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.  |  Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Japan.
Other authors/contributors King's College London

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