Britain,America and Rearmament in the 1930s: The Cost of Failure

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This book is the first to challenge current orthodoxy that Chamberlain's appeasement policy before World War Two was justified by Britain's inability to pay for rearmament. The book shows that British war potential was actually massive, with a solid foundation in the existing Imperial economy. Using previously unconsidered and recently declassified documents from British and American archives, the author demonstrates that the deliberate and political rejection of rearmament in ...

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Overview

This book is the first to challenge current orthodoxy that Chamberlain's appeasement policy before World War Two was justified by Britain's inability to pay for rearmament. The book shows that British war potential was actually massive, with a solid foundation in the existing Imperial economy. Using previously unconsidered and recently declassified documents from British and American archives, the author demonstrates that the deliberate and political rejection of rearmament in the hope of eventual American support proved catastrophic for Britain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333922927
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Price is Visiting Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Leeds, College of Ripon and York.

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Table of Contents

The Fall of Sterling 1938-39 and International Events
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1 New Rules for an Old Game: the Shaping of Fourth Arm Concepts in a Fluid Environment, 1919-31 1
2 'On the Upgrade': Britain's Unwelcome Recovery, 1931-36 24
3 'The Destiny of Tomorrow': a Transatlantic Alliance Forms against Ottawa, 1936 45
4 The Devil in the Detail: a Necessary Case for Economic Danger and the Formulation of the Fourth Arm Policy, 1937-38 66
5 Between Hitler and Wall Street: Undeclared War versus Business as Usual, March-October 1938 92
6 'It Seems like Insanity': the Anglo-American Trade Agreement of 1938 and the Point of No Return 118
7 A 'Maginot Line for the Pound': Profligacy in Defence of a Bankrupt Policy, November 1938-January 1939 132
8 'Not a Damned Bit Good': the Concealed Catastrophe, 1939 159
Conclusion 182
Notes and References 190
Select Bibliography 217
Index 225
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