Neville Chamberlain, Sir Horace Wilson, and Britain’s Plight of Appeasement

Chamberlain and Wilson had aimed to prevent war entirely; instead they made it almost inevitable. In 1941, as his time in office drew to a close, the head of the British Civil Service, Sir Horace Wilson, sat down to write an account of the government policy with which he had been most closely associated. It[…]

The ‘Grand Alliance’: Churchill and Stalin during the Second World War

In the end the story of the Grand Alliance and its denouement in the cold war is quite simple. The alliance of Britain, the United States and the Soviet Unionduring World War II is often presented as a fragile necessity. The alliance was forced into existence by Hitler and fell apart as soon as Nazi Germany was defeated.[…]