Amiens and Munich: Comparisons in Appeasement by E.L. Presseisen

By E.L. Presseisen

It has no longer been my goal to jot down a definitive examine of appeasement. this sort of paintings must contain 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 was once a problem, British appeasement was once popular, and the constitution of the British executive remained relatively 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 after all pointless "to turn out" appeasement at Munich, yet only a few historians had checked out the treaty of Amiens during this method. a lot of my examine attempt used to be as a result dedicated to reading the broadcast fabric of the sooner interval. whereas i've got used a few unique Addington files, this paintings isn't basically an inquiry into unpublished resources yet a rein­ terpretation of renowned occasions that have been made public some time past. The flood of courses and revelations of the 1930's maintains unabated. i've got attempted to take advantage of the newest stories, specially those who have benefited from the thirty­ yr rule. My bills of gratitude expand over an extended interval for the reason that stints as chairman of the dept have not on time this booklet via at the very least 4 years.

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Correspondence of Rufus King, III, pp. 443-444, IV, p. 81, Rufus King to Secretary of State, March 13,1802. 44 Malmesbury, op. , IV, pp. 67-68. 4S Feiling, op. , p. 328 .. The conclusions, in brief, were that war with Hitler was inevitable. 46 Vincent Massey was the Canadian High Commissioner in London. He gathered these impressions at a meeting of the Dominion High Commissioners and the prime minister, after the latter's return from his second flight to Germany. , pp. 299-300. See also the comments of A.

1964), p. 498. , p. 421. 35 The War Speeches of William Pitt the Younger, selected by R. Coupland, 3rd ed. (Oxford, 1940), p. 306. ON MOTIVES AND SIMILARITIES 43 Reeves, Hannah More, William Wilberforce and William Cobbett to grasp the magnitude of the ideological struggle. 36 Whether these ideological and societal fears were justified remains in dispute till this day. Yet the confluence of war and lower class unrest, due in part to the industrial revolution, has been carefully analyzed. 3 7 Taken together these were worrisome conditions but by themselves not insuperable for the alert and rather efficient governing classes of the British isles.

It has been pointed out already that George III was inclined to accept the peace preliminaries because his allies had deserted him. Diaries and Correspondence of James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury, ed. by the third Earl (London, 1845), IV, p. 65. The significance of the victory in Egypt is spelled out by Edward Ingram, "A Preview of the Great Game in Asia - III: the Origins of ilie British Expedition to Egypt in 1801," Middle Eastern Studies, 9 (October 1973), pp. 296-3 14. 19 The social question during the war with France led to savage repression by ministers fearful of a domestic revolution.

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