The Postwar Legacy of Appeasement: British Foreign Policy Since 1945

The Postwar Legacy of Appeasement: British Foreign Policy Since 1945

by R. Gerald Hughes
     
 

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Focusing on the Cold War and the post-Cold War eras, R. Gerald Hughes explores the continuing influence of Appeasement on British foreign policy and re-evaluates the relationship between British society and Appeasement, both as historical memory and as a foreign policy process.

The Postwar Legacy of Appeasement explores the reaction of British policy

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Focusing on the Cold War and the post-Cold War eras, R. Gerald Hughes explores the continuing influence of Appeasement on British foreign policy and re-evaluates the relationship between British society and Appeasement, both as historical memory and as a foreign policy process.

The Postwar Legacy of Appeasement explores the reaction of British policy makers to the legacies of the era of Appeasement, the memory of Appeasement in public opinion and the media and the use of Appeasement as a motif in political debate regarding threats faced by Britain in the post-war era. Using many previously unpublished archival sources, this book clearly demonstrates that many of the core British beliefs and cultural norms that had underpinned the Chamberlainite Appeasement of the 1930s persisted in the postwar period.

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“Hughes has produced a readable account of the uses and abuses of the appeasement analogy, reminding us of the dangers of history turning into a political battleground on which the decisions for the future are made.” —Helene Von Bismarck, American Historical Review
American Historical Review - Helene Von Bismarck

Hughes has produced a readable account of the uses and abuses of the appeasement analogy, reminding us of the dangers of history turning into a political battleground on which the decisions for the future are made.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780935836
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/13/2014
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

R. Gerald Hughes is Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK.

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