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The foreign policy of the Chamberlain wartime administration, September 1939-May 1940

Mee, Richard Charles (1999)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis is a detailed analysis of British foreign policy between 3 September 1939 and 10 May 1940. It concentrates on policy towards the Far East, Italy, the Soviet Union, the Balkans, and Scandinavia. These areas represented the biggest challenges to British policy following the outbreak of war with Germany: Japan and Italy, whilst nominal allies of Germany, had opted to stay out of the war, the Soviet Union appeared to be acting in collaboration with Germany but was not at war with Britain, and the Balkans and Scandinavia were the most likely theatres of war if the conflict were to spread. Lack of resources dictated that British efforts be directed towards minimising military activity and containing the conflict, whilst putting economic pressure on Germany’s ability to fight. Potential allies of Germany had to be dissuaded from entering the war and prevented from helping Germany economically. Potential theatres of war had to be kept neutral unless or until an extension of hostilities would be in Britain’s interests. The contradictions and conflicts of interest created by these policies posed serious problems, and it is the British attempts to solve these problems which form the focus of this study.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Grenville, J. A. S. (John Ashley Soames), 1928-
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Historical Studies
Department:Department of Modern History
Keywords:Chamberlain, Phoney War
Subjects:D731 World War II
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:635
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