The Neville Chamberlain Diary Letters: Volume 4: The Downing Street Years, 1934-1940

The Neville Chamberlain Diary Letters: Volume 4: The Downing Street Years, 1934-1940

By: Robert Self (editor)Hardback

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As a primary source of historical evidence and insight, it is difficult to overstate the value and importance of Neville Chamberlain's diary letters to his sisters.A They represent the most complete and illuminating 'insider' record of British politics between the wars yet to be published.A From 1915 Chamberlain wrote detailed weekly epistles to his sisters until his death in 1940; a confidential account of events covering the quarter of a century during which he stood at the very centre of Conservative and national politics.A Beyond the fascination of the historical record of people and events, these letters are extremely valuable for the remarkable light they throw upon the personality and character of the private man lurking behind the austerely forbidding public persona.

About Author

Dr Robert Self is from The Department of Law, Governance and International Relations at London Metropolitan University, UK.


Contents: Introduction - Neville Chamberlain 1934-40: the Downing Street years; 1934 - 'I can be both bold and original': economic recovery and defence requirements; 1935 - 'I have become a sort of acting P.M.': Lloyd George's New Deal and the General Election; 1936 - 'Foreign affairs remain disgusting': Abyssinia, Rhineland and defence; 1937 - 'I hope ... to leave my mark behind me as P.M.': a new style of premiership; 1938 - 'The country wants peace': Anschluss, Sudetenland and Munich; 1939 - 'Days of stress and strain': Prague, Poland and war; 1940 - 'Not of my happiest years': Norway, Dunkirk and resignation; Appendix I: The Chamberlain household and family; Appendix II: Primary sources; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780754652663
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 458
  • ID: 9780754652663
  • weight: 1020
  • ISBN10: 0754652661

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