Britain in Global Politics Volume 1

From Gladstone to Churchill

  • Christopher Baxter
  • Michael L. Dockrill
  • Keith Hamilton

Table of contents

About this book


This volume of essays focuses upon Britain's international and imperial role from the mid-Victorian era through until the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. Individual chapters by acknowledged authorities in their field deal with a variety of broad-ranging and particular issues, including: 'cold wars' before the Cold War in Anglo-Russian relations; Lord Curzon and the diplomacy of war and peace-making; air-power as an instrument of colonial control; Foreign Office efforts to frame and influence the historical narrative; Winston Churchill's alternative to, and the pursuit of, policies of 'appeasement'; British responses to conflict and regime change in Spain; the Secret Intelligence Service and British diplomacy in East Asia'; Neville Chamberlain and the 'phoney war'; efforts to combat American misperceptions of Britain in wartime; and British-American differences over the future of Italy's colonial possessions. This collection, along with the accompanying volume covering the period after World War 2, is dedicated to the memory of Professor Saki Dockrill.


British Empire Churchill Cold War foreign policy Neville Chamberlain World War I

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher Baxter
    • 1
  • Michael L. Dockrill
    • 2
  • Keith Hamilton
    • 3
  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastUK
  2. 2.King’s College LondonUK
  3. 3.Formerly of the Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-34774-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-36782-2
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