Munich: The 1938 Appeasement Crisis

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Simon & Schuster UK, Sep 1, 2008 - History - 528 pages
On 30 September 1938 Neville Chamberlain flew back to London from his meeting at Munich with the German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler. As he paused on the aircraft steps, he held aloft the piece of paper which bore both his and the Führer's signature, the promise that Britain and Germany would never go to war with one another again. He had returned bringing 'Peace with honour - Peace for our Time.'

Drawing on a wealth of original archival material, David Faber sheds new light on this extraordinary story, tracing the key incidents leading up to the meeting at Munich and its immediate aftermath: Lord Halifax's ill-fated visit to Hitler; Chamberlain's secret negotiations with Mussolini, and the Berlin scandal that rocked Hitler's régime. He takes us to Vienna, to the Sudetenland, and to Prague. In Berlin, we witness Hitler inexorably preparing for war; and in London, we watch helplessly as Chamberlain makes one supreme effort after another to appease Hitler.

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This was a very helpful book to get clear in my mind what the British government believed in 1938 when they made so many concessions to Hitler. It also, but not in any depth, discusses France's ... Read full review

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Of course, we have all heard of Nevil Chamberlain and his piece of paper granting 'Peace in our time' but about the background leading up to that, the personalities involved and the issues? Well ... Read full review


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David Faber was educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford University, where he read modern languages. The grandson of former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, Faber served as a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1992 until 2001, and now is a historian and writer. He is author of Speaking for England and lives in London with his wife and their three children.

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