The Impact of Hitler: British Politics and British Policy, 1933-1940

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The Impact of Hitler: British Politics and British Policy, 1933-1940

By Maurice Cowling
Cambridge University Press, 1975
561 pp. $42.50
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A major effort at reinterpretation, trying to set British policy toward Hitler almost entirely in the context of party politics. Using new material, the author, a well-known British historian, questions the imperative of British resistance to Hitler-and thus the heroism of Churchill-and suggests that Chamberlain's policy had much to commend it. According to this controversial and difficult work, Halifax "is not the man who stopped the rot, but the embodiment of Conservative wisdom who decided that Hitler must be obstructed because Labour could not otherwise be resisted."

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