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dc.contributor.authorColthurst, Vinceen
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-22T12:47:57Z
dc.date.available2018-05-22T12:47:57Z
dc.date.issued2013en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/30737
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dc.description.abstractWhile there has been much coverage of the influence of the British Commonwealth on the Chamberlain government's foreign policy, there has been little on the impact of European events on the dominions themselves, especially relating to the particular contexts in which they existed. Yet it is these contexts which were crucial in determining how they perceived events in Europe. This study therefore aims to consider the developing attitudes of the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and South African governments towards the idea of war with Germany between the Munich Settlement and Canada's declaration of war on Germany on 10 September 1939. The Irish Free State is deliberately excluded from consideration, as its circumstances were sufficiently distinct from those of the other dominions to render its inclusion meaningless, and there was consequently never any realistic prospect that it would enter the war at Britain's side, as the others did. The first chapter of this thesis examines the underlying imperatives which defined the dominions' perspectives on Europe, while succeeding ones trace the effect of the key developments in the approach of war, such as Kris.s.tallnacht and the march into Prague, on the Commonwealth's evolving views of the international situation during the eleven months after Munich. The methodology follows the Agents & Structures model laid down in M. G. Fry's 1999 article `The British Dominions & the Munich Crisis.' Sources for this study include dominion government records, the personal diaries of participants, their private correspondence & newspaper coverage of their activities, as well as the secondary literature dealing with the wider picture of the prelude to war and the Commonwealth's role within that, as outlined above.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2018 Block 19en
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dc.titleDistant drums: the British Commonwealth and the approach of war, 1 October 1938 - 11 September 1939en
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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