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By E.L. Presseisen

It has no longer been my goal to write down a definitive research of appeasement. this kind of paintings must comprise the French kind, Stalin's appeasement of Hitler among 1939 and 1941, or the appeasement of Japan in 1938 and 1939. I selected the British case for a few purposes. the possibility of a comparative version used to be a problem, British appeasement was once popular, and the constitution of the British govt remained quite a similar within the intervening interval among Waterloo and Dunkirk. I admit that Amiens and Munich characterize the main dramatic episodes within the tale of appeasement, yet then the British struggles opposed to Bonaparte and Hitler have been of epic proportions. It was once in fact pointless "to turn out" appeasement at Munich, yet only a few historians had checked out the treaty of Amiens during this approach. a lot of my examine attempt used to be hence dedicated to interpreting the printed fabric of the sooner interval. whereas i've got used a few unique Addington files, this paintings isn't essentially an inquiry into unpublished assets yet a rein­ terpretation of popular occasions that have been made public some time past. The flood of guides and revelations of the 1930's maintains unabated. i've got attempted to exploit the most recent reports, specifically those who have benefited from the thirty­ 12 months rule. My bills of gratitude expand over a protracted interval due to the fact that stints as chairman of the dep. have behind schedule this publication by way of at the very least 4 years.

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II, pp. 91-92. , II, p. 92 footnote. 6 J. Steven Watson, The Reign of George III, 1760-1815, The Oxford History of England, vol. 12 (Oxford, 1960), pp. 373-374; A. W. Ward and G. P. , The Cambridge History of British Foreign Policy, 1783-1919 (Cambridge, 1939), I, pp. 265-266. 2 (1972), pp. 165-172. 3 4 ON MOTIVES AND SIMILARITIES 33 Similar tactical decisions, though perhaps of a more technical nature, had enormous military importance in the twentieth century. Much like Pitt's government followed traditional policies once the campaign against revolutionary France had failed in Europe, so England's leaders (both civilian and military) increasingly viewed rearmament in a traditional light.

The prim moralism of the United States must have distressed the Cabinet. President Roosevelt had recently described as one hundred per cent wrong the notion that the United States was lining up with Britain and France against Germany. 24 Could France at least be depended on? Even a positive answer was not likely to offer much comfort to the British government. For France, allied to Czechoslovakia, would have to fight if Germany attacked the latter. Would she fulfill her obligations and how well prepared was France for war, were questions which the English ministers repeatedly asked themselves.

40 See chapter II, footnote 18. 41 The phrase quoted is from a contemporary newspaper article by William Cobbett, "To the Rt. Hon. Henry Addington," Cobbett's Weekly Political Register, March 20, 1802, p. 265. 44 ON MOTIVES AND SIMILARITIES the war quieted the fears about English society and the danger of revolution. It is true that a treaty with Bonaparte would confirm his usurpation and strengthen his government. But Bonaparte, it was widely believed, was the end of the revolution and so the end of J acobinism.

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