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The Balkans in World War Two

Britain’s Balkan Dilemma


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Christopher Catherwood
    Pages 1-10
  3. Christopher Catherwood
    Pages 58-102
  4. Christopher Catherwood
    Pages 167-170
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 171-207

About this book


Between 1939 and 1941 Britain had a terrible dilemma. She was keen to see Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Yugoslavia join the Allies against Nazi Germany. But the 1939 Molotov Ribbentrop Pact had changed everything: the Balkan countries were far more afraid of Stalin than of Hitler. Britain and France were also concerned about the Soviets giving so much oil to Germany: in 1940 Britain almost went to war with the USSR in an attack on the Caucasus. This book looks at how Britain tried to solve these dilemmas and ultimately failed to do so.


Adolf Hitler Britain Churchill France Germany Greece Invasion Russia Stalin Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Continuing Education, and St Edmund’s CollegeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.School of Continuing Studies and Department of HistoryRichmondUK

About the authors

CHRISTOPHER CATHERWOOD is an historian and writer, based in Cambridge, England, and Richmond, Virginia. He teaches extramurally for Cambridge University and the University of Richmond. Married to Paulette, an American musicologist, he has written several books, including Why the Nations Rage. Christopher is a former Visiting Scholar of Cambridge University's Centre of International Studies and of the University of Virginia's Institute on Violence and Survival.

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