'We are a very rich and a very vulnerable Empire, and there are plenty of poor adventurers not very far away who look upon us with hungry eyes.' This is how Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain underlined England's acute imperial predicament in 1938 when he was about to launch his policy of European appeasement. What was the relationship between Empire and appeasement in British foreign policy in the last years of the inter-war peace? How did Britain's exposed overseas interests in the Far East, in the Middle East and in the Mediterranean influence diplomatic policies taken in London at the time of the Rhineland occupation, the Anschluss, the Munich crisis, the Prague coup of March 1939, or the invasion of Poland six months later? How closely was the policy of appeasement tied to the burden of global military weakness, and what was the impact of strategic advice on Cabinet decision-making in the Chamberlain era?
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- Date Published: December 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521086516
- length: 232 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.3kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The Heritage: Neglect of Security
2. The Mediterranean and the Global Crisis, 1936–8
3. Strategy, Diplomacy and Mediterranean Appeasement
4. The Most Distant Station: the Dimensions of Mediterranean Strategy, 1936–8
5. From Acquiescence to Containment: the Search for Policies in the Balkans and Mediterranean, April 1938 to April 1939
6. 'England's First Battlefield': a Mediterranean Offensive?
7. A Summer of Illusions.
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