British Foreign Secretaries in an Uncertain World, 1919-1939

By Michael Hughes

© 2004 – Routledge

280 pages

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Hardback: 9780714657158
pub: 2005-10-06
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About the Book

The nature of international diplomacy and Britain’s world role changed immeasurably after the end of the First World War, and this book shows how the various men who headed the Foreign Office during the interwar years sought to operate in the shifting political and bureaucratic environments that confronted them.

British Foreign Secretaries in an Uncertain World examines the careers of each of the interwar Foreign Secretaries, including Lord Curzon, Ramsay MacDonald and Anthony Eden. Using an extensive range of primary sources both published and unpublished, official and private, Michael Hughes provides a detailed assessment of how these men approached their role and how influential they were in international diplomacy. The book also looks at the Foreign Secretaries’ successes or failures within the British political system, analysing how influential the Foreign Office was under each Secretary in determining British foreign policy.

A fascinating book with a unique focus, British Foreign Secretaries in an Uncertain World takes a rigorous look at a key topic in British history.

Table of Contents

General Editor’s Preface. Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Lord Curzon at the Foreign Office (1919-1924) 3. Ramsey MacDonald at the Foreign Office (1924) 4. Austen Chamberlain at the Foreign Office (1924-1929) 5. Arthur Henderson at the Foreign Office (1929-1931) 6. Sir John Simon at the Foreign Office (1931-1935) 7. Sir Samuel Hoare at the Foreign Office (1935) 8. Anthony Eden at the Foreign Office (1935-1938) 9. Lord Halifax at the Foreign Office (February 1938-September 1939) 10. Conclusion

About the Author

Michael Hughes is Reader in Modern History at Liverpool University, UK.

About the Series

British Politics and Society

Social change impacts not just upon voting behaviour and party identity but also the formulation of policy. But how do social changes and political developments interact? Which shapes which? Reflecting a belief that social and political structures cannot be understood either in isolation from each other or from the historical processes which form them, this series will examine the forces that have shaped British society. Cross- disciplinary approaches will be encouraged. In the process, the series will aim to make a contribution to existing fields, such as politics, sociology and media studies, as well as opening out new and hitherto-neglected fields.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism