Appeasing Hitler

The Diplomacy of Sir Nevile Henderson, 1937–39

  • Peter Neville

Part of the Studies in Diplomacy book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Peter Neville
    Pages 1-19
  3. Peter Neville
    Pages 20-47
  4. Peter Neville
    Pages 48-61
  5. Peter Neville
    Pages 95-118
  6. Peter Neville
    Pages 119-144
  7. Peter Neville
    Pages 145-167
  8. Peter Neville
    Pages 168-176
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 177-237

About this book


The origins of the Second World War remain clouded in Churchillian mythology. Sixty years on, Peter Neville's controversial book provides an essential reassessment of the appeasement myths by examining a central yet understudied figure. Sir Nevile Henderson has been vilified as 'our Nazi Ambassador in Berlin' by historians and popular memory alike. He has remained in disgrace despite the widespread historical rethinking of appeasement in recent years. Yet there has never before been a book-length study of Henderson despite his central role as Britain's Ambassador. Peter Neville's important reassessment draws upon primary documents to overturn orthodox interpretations. While Henderson's analysis of the Nazi regime was seriously flawed, history has vastly overstated his influence. In presenting the first full and close analysis of what Henderson himself called 'the failure of a mission', the author has made a pathbreaking contribution to the history of appeasement.


Adolf Hitler Britain Churchill Diplomacy Diplomat history

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Neville
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WolverhamptonUK

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