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
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?
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 problem of Czechoslovakia
The Munich Conference
Key debate: Was the Munich conference a 'total and unmitigated disaster'?
Chapter 4 The Coming of War, 1939
The uneasy peace January-March 1939
The end of Czechoslovakia
The Polish guarantee
The drift to war
The outbreak of war
Key debate: To what extent was Chamberlain a 'guilty man'?
Interpreting British Foreign Policy 1919-39
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
Key debate: How great a war leader was Winston Churchill?
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
Key debate: Was the social and economic impact of the war on Britain positive or negative in the years 1945-60?
In-depth coverage of the period presented in an accessible way.
Exam-style questions and tips written by examiners offer support with assessment.
Summary diagrams throughout aid with revision of the key topics and themes.