Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Nick Smart
    Pages 1-8
  3. Nick Smart
    Pages 9-36
  4. Nick Smart
    Pages 37-62
  5. Nick Smart
    Pages 63-89
  6. Nick Smart
    Pages 122-147
  7. Nick Smart
    Pages 184-223
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 224-279

About this book


The National Government that ran Britain during the 1930s has always received a very bad press. Its ultimate disgrace over the Munich crisis and the catastrophic opening phase of the Second World War sealed the fate of an experiment which had always been criticized by both Left and right and which has since made any further peacetime attempts at coalition government utterly disreputable. While not claiming that it was a success, Dr. Smart argues, however, that the National Government has been woefully misunderstood by historians who have allowed themselves to be too influenced by its much despised collapse. The Government's longevity, popularity at the polls and, in many ways, successful planning for World War II should not be ignored.


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About the authors

NICK SMART is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Plymouth.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The National Government, 1931–40
  • Authors Nick Smart
  • Series Title British Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-69130-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-69131-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27582-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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