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|Appears in Collections:||History and Politics Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status: ||Refereed|
|Title: ||Sir Horace Wilson and appeasement|
|Author(s): ||Peden, George|
|Contact Email: ||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Issue Date: ||Dec-2010|
|Citation: ||Peden G (2010) Sir Horace Wilson and appeasement, Historical Journal, 53 (4),
|Abstract: ||Sir Horace Wilson was Neville Chamberlain’s confidential adviser while the
latter was prime minister. The article addresses three questions. First, what
was Wilson’s role in Whitehall in connection with rearmament and foreign policy
? Second, did he diminish the influence of the Foreign Office? Third, what
contribution does his defence of appeasement make to understanding of a subject
that continues to divide historians ? The article concludes that Wilson played
an important role in enabling Chamberlain to pursue his foreign policy goals.
However, when there was outright disagreement between Wilson and the Foreign
Office, it was the Foreign Office view that prevailed. Finally, the evidence of
Wilson’s words and actions, both in 1937–9 and later, broadly supports R. A. C.
Parker’s post-revisionist interpretation of appeasement, particularly as regards
Munich, but Wilson was a good deal firmer in 1939 about Britain’s will to fight,
if necessary, than his critics then or la|
|DOI Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X10000270|
|Rights: ||Published in The Historical Journal by Cambridge University Press. Copyright: Cambridge University Press, 2010|
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