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by Richard Gott,Martin Gilbert

  • ISBN: 1842120506
  • Category: Politics
  • Author: Richard Gott,Martin Gilbert
  • Subcategory: Politics & Government
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix (September 2000)
  • Pages: 464 pages
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  • Rating: 4.1
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Martin Gilbert and Richard Gott set out to answer that question in 1963, at a time when the immediate passions of World War II had cooled, but when the question, then unanswered, was fresh and vital, and they succeeded brilliantly

Martin Gilbert and Richard Gott set out to answer that question in 1963, at a time when the immediate passions of World War II had cooled, but when the question, then unanswered, was fresh and vital, and they succeeded brilliantly. What they show is Neville Chamberlain and his ministers in close detail, what they thought and why they thought it. This book achieves what it sets out to accomplish: it explains in careful detail the origins and practice of British appeasement in the run-up to World War II. The authors make two primary points, one obvious and one more subtle.

Martin Gilber. nd Richard Got. ere both well under 25 when they decided to write The Appeasers as a joint venture; and the cool arrogance of the first words of their foreword made me warm to them at once. The authors are impartial between Left and Right in presenting their gallery of British appeasers.

Sir Martin John Gilbert CBE FRSL (25 October 1936 – 3 February 2015) was a British historian and honorary Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford. He was the author of eighty-eight books, including works on Winston Churchill, the 20th century, and Jewish history including the Holocaust. He was a member of the Chilcot Inquiry into the UK's role in the Iraq War.

They reveal what the appeasers sought, and the methods they were prepared to use to achieve their ends. Format Paperback 455 pages.

Born in London in 1936, Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours.

Sir Martin Gilbert, the distinguished historian and official biographer of Winston Churchill, has died aged 7. Published in 1963, called The Appeasers, it was written in six months, with each of us taking an alternate chapter.

Sir Martin Gilbert, the distinguished historian and official biographer of Winston Churchill, has died aged 78. The author of more than 80 history books and atlases, he often wrote on Jewish themes and was a committed Zionist, though was quietly critical of today’s Israel and the dominance of the Likud party.

A specialist in Latin American affairs, his books include "Cuba: A New History, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, The Appeasers" (with Martin Gilbert), "Land Without Evil," "Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution," and "Britain's Empire.

The pre-war administration of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain ignored its advisors and pursued a policy of appeasement in the mistaken belief that it would cause an end to Hitler's plans.

A specialist in Latin American affairs, his books include Cuba: A New History, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, The Appeasers (with Martin Gilbert), Land Without Evil, Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution, and Britain's Empire.

Gilbert and Gott, as two young Oxford historians in 1963, wrote this compelling account of how a whole important branch of foreign policy was developed, how it was carried out, and why it was misconceived. The pre-war administration of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain ignored its advisors and pursued a policy of appeasement in the mistaken belief that it would cause an end to Hitler's plans.
Reviews about The Appeasers (6):
Lanionge
Many students of World War II and the interval between World War I and World War II have wondered how British diplomatic policy could have been so disastrously wrong about Hitler and Nazi Germany, and how that policy could have been maintained and pursued in the face of so much evidence that Hitler was an evil, dishonest and unprincipled negotiating partner, and bent on war, despite his protestations to the contary.

Martin Gilbert and Richard Gott set out to answer that question in 1963, at a time when the immediate passions of World War II had cooled, but when the question, then unanswered, was fresh and vital, and they succeeded brilliantly. What they show is Neville Chamberlain and his ministers in close detail, what they thought and why they thought it. This book achieves what it sets out to accomplish: it explains in careful detail the origins and practice of British appeasement in the run-up to World War II.

The authors make two primary points, one obvious and one more subtle. The obvious point is that Chamberlain's government (and the Conservative Party more generally) was so eager to avoid another war that it simply ignored the abundant evidence that Nazi Germany was pursuing policies that were abhorrent to any constitutional democracy and that were bound to lead to another major European war. And in their ultimately unsuccessful effort to stave off war in Europe, there was virtually no step that Chamberlain's government would not take to attempt to mollify and curry favor with Nazi Germany.

The more subtle point is that, as the decade of the 1930s progressed, and particularly after Munich, the Chamberlain government either removed from government or ignored dissenting voices, and it also began to conduct its diplomacy almost in secret, bypassing the House of Commons and public opinion to the fullest extent feasible. And the more the Chamberlain government and its ministers pursued a go-it-alone, hothouse mentality, the more it became isolated from public opinion. No wonder that Chamberlain was unseated in 1940; the surprise is that it didn't happen sooner.

This sad story is all laid out it in great depth, literally on an hour-by-hour basis in the case of some of the major crises, such as Munich, and the Danzig negotiations of 1939. Beyond merely providing a chronology of these events, however, the authors provide the social and political context for the various events as they occurred, plus biographical sketches for some of the major actors within the Chamberlain Government.

For any student interested in the origins of World War II, this is, quite simply, an invaluable book.
Meri
Great Martin Gilbert coverage of the 1930s. Churchill's lone years. It shows just how low politicians can go. Even trying to maintain peace. But they used subterfuge and lies to avoid the truth.
Which was Germany was rearming and Britain was losing air superiority
Steelraven
History repeats itself. Such a disturbing account of the 'lies the British appeasers told themselves' that got the world in to WWII. Shocking that Chamberlain & 'his' diplomats refused to listen to anyone but themselves. They were so ignorant that they didn't know what they should have seen in front of themselves. Reminds me of Barack Obama and I am sure in 30-50 years someone will write this same book about the appeasement during the 8 years of Obama and probably Clinton & Bush with regards to Iran & North Korea. The appeasers don't like war but Churchill was right on when he said: "“You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war.” l year later Brittan was at war. Still playing out for the USA today (2017) but the deception of the Chamberlain 'regime' is shocking, scandalous and disturbing. And many of his lackeys served in British high places after the war. Mankind never seems to learn. I have to wonder if Chamberlain with his 'peace in our time' ever really realized the death toll because of his shameful arrogance with regards to Germany & Hitler.
Blackbeard
This book is not really for the average reader. The level of detail is more suited to a serious historian.
VariesWent
Gilbert -- in one of his earliest books -- gives a detailed analysis of how the world appeased the great dictators, the missed opportunities and the willingness to abandon allies in the face of adversity. What is particularly relevant is the extent to which history seems to be repeating itself today with the way in which Europe (and others) handle Iran. The tactics are the same -- on both sides.
Maucage
This book, out of print, but is important to the study of the period of time between WWI and WWII. The seller sent it wrapped from the UK and it's lovely smoky old smell reveals its history to me. Its an interesting read. But not a casual read.

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