British Foreign Affairs
Saving Europe at a Cost? 1919-1960, 4th edition
Access to History Series

By Alan Farmer
June 2010
Hodder Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9780340984970
220 pages, Illustrated
$29.50 Paper original

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Britain: Foreign Affairs 1919–60 4th edition
The fourth edition of this bestselling title, charts the course of British foreign policy from the end of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles, to the social and economic effects of the Second World War. There is a particular focus and analysis of the issue of appeasement throughout the period, especially in the run-up to the Second World War. Public opinion and the role of key individuals is explored throughout and the narrative concludes with an interpretation of the causes of and reasons for British foreign policies across the period.

Throughout the book, key dates, terms and issues are highlighted, and historical interpretations of key debates are outlined. Summary diagrams are included to consolidate knowledge and understanding of the period, and exam-style questions and tips written by examiners provide the opportunity to develop exam skills.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 The Making of British Foreign Policy
Britain’s position in 1919
Problems facing British Statesmen
Who made British foreign policy?
British interests in foreign policy
Chapter 2 The Illusion of Peace 1919-31
The problems of peace-making
The aims of the peacemakers
The main terms of the Treaty of Versailles
Key debate: How justified are the criticisms of Versailles?
The settlement of Eastern Europe and Turkey
Anglo-Soviet relations
The problem of Italy
The German question in the 1920s
The League of Nations
Key debate: Was British foreign policy-making in the 1920s a success or failure?
Study guide
Chapter 3 The Gathering Storm 1931–8
Depression and disarmament
The problem of Japan 1931-3
The problem of Germany 1933-5
The problem of Italy 1935-6
The Rhineland, Spain and rearmament
Chamberlain’s aims in foreign policy
Chamberlain’s concerns: 1937-1938
The Anschluss
The problem of Czechoslovakia
The Munich Conference
Key debate: Was the Munich conference a 'total and unmitigated disaster'?
Study guide
Chapter 4 The Coming of War, 1939
The uneasy peace January-March 1939
The end of Czechoslovakia
The Polish guarantee
The drift to war
Anglo-Soviet relations
The outbreak of war
Key debate: To what extent was Chamberlain a 'guilty man'?
Interpreting British Foreign Policy 1919-39
Study guide
Chapter 5 The Second World War 1939-45
From Chamberlain to Churchill 1939-40
Britain alone 1940-1
The Grand Alliance 1941-2
The turn of the tide 1942-3
Victory 1944-5
Key debate: How great a war leader was Winston Churchill?
Study guide
Chapter 6 Britain and the Second World War: The Home Front
The Phoney War
The Churchill coalition
The economic impact of the war
The social impact of the war
Morale, propaganda and civil liberties
Britain post-1945
Key debate: Was the social and economic impact of the war on Britain positive or negative in the years 1945-60?
Study guide

About the Author(s):
Alan Farmer is a successful author of History texts.

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