Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler

How Neville Chamberlain dealt with external and internal threats is the subject of Adrian Phillips’ fascinating history, Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler.

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Review of ‘Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler’

When Neville Chamberlain became prime minister in May 1937, he faced a growing threat to Great Britain’s security from Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Benito Mussolini’s Italy. His strategy was to “appease”—which meant, at that time, “bring peace” or “calm someone who was angry”—those leaders, to gain their trust and engage in rational dialogue. That approach…

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