The Road To 1945

British Politics and the Second World War Revised Edition

Author: Paul Addison

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446424219

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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The Road to 1945 is a rigorously researched study of the crucial moment when political parties put aside their differences to unite under Churchill and focus on the task of war. But the war years witnessed a radical shift in political power - dramatically expressed in Labour's decisive electoral victory in 1945. In his acclaimed study, Paul Addison reconstructs and interprets the five-year wartime coalition, and traces this sea-change from its roots in the thirties, to the powerful spirit of post-war rebuilding. The Road to 1945 is an imaginative, brilliantly written and landmark work, underpinned by a powerful and expertly researched argument.

Labour's War

The Labour Party During the Second World War

Author: Stephen Brooke

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: History

Page: 363

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Labour's War is the first scholarly history of the Labour Party during the Second World War, and offers a fresh, look at British politics during the war years. Stephen Brooke examines the effect of war upon the party's ideology and policy, the experience in government of Labour leaders such as Clement Attlee and Hugh Dalton, and the tensions produced within the party by the circumstances of war. Dr Brooke's extensively researched and original study calls into question the longstanding belief in an atmosphere of consensus among the political parties. His analysis uncovers the sharp ideological differences which persisted throughout the war years and after. He also demonstrates the impact of the war on the development of Labour's socialism. The Labour victory in the 1945 election remains one of the most significant turning-points in modern British history, setting Britain on a new course, towards the welfare state and the managed economy. Labour's War is an important contribution to our understanding of how this came about.

The road to war

Author: R. J. Overy,Andrew Wheatcroft

Publisher: Penguin Group USA


Category: History

Page: 443

View: 4739


A fascinating chronicle of the prelude to war focuses on Europe's reticence to stop Hitler, the communications gap throughout the continent, and the effects of events in the USSR and the Far East on European affairs. Reprint.

The Second World War

A Military History

Author: Gordon Corrigan

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857891359

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 3515


In this major new history, Gordon Corrigan argues that what we call the Second World War was in fact two separate conflicts: one against Germany (and, for a while, Italy) in Western Europe, Soviet Russia and North Africa; the other against Japan in the Far East and Pacific. Each conflict had distinct causes and had to be fought in different ways against very different enemies, who rarely, if ever, coordinated their efforts. This is a new and cogent account of an immense, exhausting six-year conflict that continues to fascinate. Corrigan examines the agendas of the warring nations and offers fresh and vivid interpretations; Britain's own part in the war comes in for particularly close scrutiny: militarily, the British suffered an agonising series of defeats before the tide turned. The country emerged economically broken, with the loss of her empire a virtual certainty. The Second World War is vast in its erudition and epic in its execution. It will change forever the way we think about the titanic conflicts that dominated the years 1939 to 1945.

Attlee's War

World War II and the Making of a Labour Leader

Author: Robert Crowcroft

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857730029

Category: History

Page: 320

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As deputy prime minister of Britain's coalition government during World War II, Clement Attlee became one of the most powerful figures in British politics and subsequently played a crucial role in the reshaping of the post-war party-political landscape. The architect of Labour’s entry into the wartime coalition, Attlee came to straddle the workings of government to a unique degree. Unmatched in his range of influence, he dominated party politics; directed a doctrinal struggle within the coalition; and even sought to create the conditions for a cross-party alliance to be maintained after the war. His goal was to carve out a position of greater strength than Labour had ever occupied before and he succeeded when he led his party to power in July 1945. No public figure did more to manage the new political system created in the wartime conditions of 1940 and the post-war election marked the beginning of a decisive shift toward the policies and doctrines of the Labour party, which would endure well into the latter half of the twentieth century. Robert Crowcroft here examines the political leadership of the unsung architect behind the development of wartime politics and the rise of the Labour party: Clement Attlee. Attlee’s role in the Labour party’s political dominance during and after the war has been overlooked by a generation of historians. Crowcroft here re-examines Attlee’s influence, contextualizing his political manoeuvres and casting him as the central player in the attempts to plan for and mould the inter-party dynamics of post-war politics. From the parliamentary debate on ‘appeasement’ to the vast expansion of government on the home front, Crowcroft follows Attlee’s political positioning and enduring influence within the context of his political environment. The war serves as a window into his evolution as a political leader - and provides a point of departure for a unique study of the strategic, tactical, and doctrinal goals of the party’s senior figures. Attlee’s War mounts a challenge to the popular image of Attlee as a reticent collegiate, and unravels his elusive path to power. Not a biography but a study in ‘leadership’, this book will appeal to all those interested in modern British history and major political figures.

Britain, America, and the Special Relationship Since 1941

Author: B. J. C McKercher

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351776320

Category: History

Page: 246

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Britain, America and the Special Relationship since 1941 examines the Anglo-American strategic and military relationship that developed during the Second World War and continued until recent years. Forged on a common ground of social, cultural, and ideological values as well as political expediency, this partnership formed the basis of the western alliance throughout the Cold War, playing an essential part in bringing stability to the post-1945 international order. Clearly written and chronologically organized, the book begins by discussing the origins of the ‘Special Relationship’ and its progression from uneasy coexistence in the eighteenth century to collaboration at the start of the Second World War. McKercher explores the continued evolution of this partnership during the conflicts that followed, such as the Suez Crisis, the Vietnam War, and the Falklands War. The book concludes by looking at the developments in British and American politics during the past two decades and analysing the changing dynamics of this alliance over the course of its existence. Illustrated with maps and photographs and supplemented by a chronology of events and list of key figures, this is an essential introductory resource for students of the political history and foreign policies of Britain and the United States in the twentieth century.

Forgotten Armies

The Fall of British Asia, 1941-1945

Author: Christopher Alan Bayly,Timothy Norman Harper

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674017481

Category: History

Page: 555

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In the early stages of the Second World War, the vast crescent of British-ruled territories stretching from India to Singapore appeared as a massive Allied asset. It provided scores of soldiers and great quantities of raw materials and helped present a seemingly impregnable global defense against the Axis. Yet, within a few weeks in 1941-42, a Japanese invasion had destroyed all this, sweeping suddenly and decisively through south and southeast Asia to the Indian frontier, and provoking the extraordinary revolutionary struggles which would mark the beginning of the end of British dominion in the East and the rise of today's Asian world. More than a military history, this gripping account of groundbreaking battles and guerrilla campaigns creates a panoramic view of British Asia as it was ravaged by warfare, nationalist insurgency, disease, and famine. It breathes life into the armies of soldiers, civilians, laborers, businessmen, comfort women, doctors, and nurses who confronted the daily brutalities of a combat zone which extended from metropolitan cities to remote jungles, from tropical plantations to the Himalayas. Drawing upon a vast range of Indian, Burmese, Chinese, and Malay as well as British, American, and Japanese voices, the authors make vivid one of the central dramas of the twentieth century: the birth of modern south and southeast Asia and the death of British rule.

Nazi Foreign Policy, 1933-1941

The Road to Global War

Author: Christian Leitz

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415174237

Category: History

Page: 192

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How did the Second World War come about? Nazi Foreign Policy, 1933-1941 provides lucid answers to this complex question. Focusing on the different regions of Nazi policy such as Italy, France and Britain, Christian Leitz explores the diplomatic and political developments that led to the outbreak of war in 1939 and its transformation into a global conflict in 1941. Nazi Foreign Policy, 1933-1941 details the history of Nazi Germany's foreign policy from Hitler's inauguration as Reich Chancellor to the declaration of war by America in 1941. Christian Leitz gives equal weight to the attitude and actions of the Nazi regime and the perspectives and reactions of the world both before and during the war.