By P. Neville

ISBN-10: 0312228503

ISBN-13: 9780312228507

This learn of Sir Nevile Henderson is the 1st within the English language, and demanding situations the concept Henderson was once hopelessly pro-Nazi and didn't cross on British warnings to the Hitler govt approximately its habit. Henderson was once despatched to Berlin in 1937 to aim to construct bridges to the Nazi regime, and attempted challenging to do that. yet he finally well-known that the Nazi govt used to be "a gangster regime," whereas struggling with to the final to maintain peace.

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53 This coincided exactly with Henderson's own view that 'coalitions are a snare', and reflected his suspicion of French policy. 54 In Henderson's view German and British policy should be in accord about the danger posed by France's alliance system. 55 July was an equally difficult month for Henderson's relations with the Foreign Office. On 14 July Henderson wrote to Maxwell Garnett of the League of Nations Union about a pamphlet the latter had written concerning the effectiveness of the League.

The ubiquitous Tom Jones was also staying at Cliveden and was impressed by what Henderson had to say, writing in his diary: I sat between him [Eden] and Henderson after the ladies left last night and found they differed widely in policy. Henderson struck me as sensible and informed without distinction. 62 Since Astor was a strong supporter of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement policy, this was hardly surprising. 63 This won Astor's approval as well as that of the influential Geoffrey Dawson, whose newspaper was often regarded abroad as the official organ of the British Government.

Very proYugoslav. Uncle [Arthur Henderson, the Foreign Secretary] thinks The Emergent Diplomat 17 he has more vitality than most of our ministers abroad. I agree. 79 These high opinions of Henderson's work were to be particularly relevant in 1937, when the question of sending him to Berlin arose. The golden words from Vansittart demonstrate very clearly that Henderson was held in high regard in the Foreign Office, and offer a significant insight into why he was in the running for a major post in 1937 80 They also demonstrate that the two men had a close, friendly relationship which was severed by Henderson's performance in Berlin between 1937 and 1939 and Vansittart's reaction to it, which was fiercely critical.

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