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Facing the Second World WarStrategy, Politics, and Economics in Britain and France 1938-1940$
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Talbot C. Imlay

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261222

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261222.001.0001

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The Domestic-Political Dimension in Britain

The Domestic-Political Dimension in Britain

(p.186) 4 The Domestic-Political Dimension in Britain
Facing the Second World War


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This chapter argues that Winston Churchill' coalition government represented the culmination of a process, begun before the war, in which the Labour Party and growing number of Conservatives and Liberals converged on a common response to the prospect and eventual reality of war. Unlike the previous government which clung to a more limited view of Britain's effort, its opponents espoused the need for total war against Germany. In stark contrast to the French case, this conception of total was became the basis of a stable, cross-party parliamentary majority.

Keywords:   Britain, parliamentary majority, war, Winston Churchill

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