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Neville Chamberlain has gone down in the popular imagination as one of the "guilty men", culpable for exposing his country to the costs and humiliation of near-defeat. Yet for most of his life Chamberlain enjoyed a very favourable reputation; appeasement and even Munich won widespread popular support. Once war was declared, he was seen as a competent war leader, at least until March/April 1940. In this work David Dutton looks at the ways in which vilification of Neville Chamberlain developed after his fall from power, and examines historians' recent attempts at rehabilitation. The result is a study of the ebb and flow of the reputation of one of the 20th-century's most controversial politicians, posing questions not only about his conduct and the circumstances of his time, but also about the nature and uses of the historical evidence itself.

Dutton shows a remarkable command of the historiographical thickets, and leads the reader through its labyrinths lucidly and with commendable dry wit. (Times Literary Supplement)The clarity of Dutton's prose, his adept use of the primary sources, and his command of the secondary literature will impress every reader.Indeed the book is an exemplary historiographical analysis.Dutton's study of Neville Chamberlain and his political career should be made compulsory reading for history undergraduates. (The International History Review 2003-03-11) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 245 pages
  • David Dutton(Author)
  • Arnold (4 May 2001)
  • English
  • 10
  • Biography

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  • By Wingate on 26 February 2007

    I was rather disappointed with this book as i felt that rather than give in detail what happened at Munich it merely attempted to whitewash Chamberlains reputation and savage Churchill's in the process.We all know that Churchill made many errors.After all his conduct of the Norwegian campaign lead in no small measure to the fall of the Chamberlain administration.However evry Prime Minister has a defing time in their career.For Churchill it was the Battle of Britain.For Chamberlain it was Munich.As a result The former is looked upon as one of the greateset Englishman who ever lived,whereas the laters name is still a byword for appeasement and cowardice.The fact is that neither he or his arch appeaser Halifax had any comprehension of the man they were dealing with because of their insular backgrounds.It says a lot about the society and politics of the time that foolish men like these should have held the highest offices in the land.What is almost worse is the fact that if it were not for the fact that Halifax sat in the Lords there is every likelihood that he would have become PM instead of Churchill.What an awful thought.

  • By Mr. Ian T. Allen on 28 October 2009

    This is a fair study of a very underrated man. A PM we could do with today!!!

  • By BE on 10 March 2014

    a good book in this series which captures the history of an important period in the history of the UK


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