The Avoidable War: Volume 1, Lord Cecil and the Policy of Principle, 1932-35

3 avg rating
( 1 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780765804983: The Avoidable War: Volume 1, Lord Cecil and the Policy of Principle, 1932-35
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

As historian Gordon Craig has observed, "Americans are deeply ambivalent about history, choosing instead to follow the imperative of moral absolutes; they are uncomfortable with the idea of national interest as a guiding principle of policy, preferring motivations that are nobler." What does the national interest require? What does morality command? These issues bedevil us in Bosnia and Rwanda today as they did yesterday in the Persian Gulf and in Somalia. Such questions were fully played out in the era that led up to the dominant event of our century, the Second World War.

The Avoidable War details how the war, its destruction, and its consequences could have been avoided. This original interpretation of history also provides insights into ways of preserving peace that can guide contemporary diplomacy.

J. Kenneth Brody describes an incomparable galley of characters: a chief villain, Hitler; a thoughtful, conflicted, and human Mussolini; a fatuous Ramsey MacDonald; an uncharacteristically silent William Churchill; a smaller than life Stanley Baldwin. Above all, he rescues from undeserved obscurity the noble and inspiring figure of Lord Robert Cecil providing a thorough, controversial reappraisal and sympathetic portrait of Pierre Laval, his policy, and his character. Brody is the first to tell the story of the Peace Ballot, the first modern public opinion poll, created by Cecil in 1935. In this privately organized referendum on issues of war and peace, the British voted overwhelmingly in support of disarmament and morality rather than the national interest. Unfortunately its results helped bring on the war they worked so hard to avoid as, instructed by the Peace Ballot, the British met brute force with arms limitations proposals, the love of peace, and exalted ideals. Under cover of those ideals they betrayed a trusting ally, France. In doing so, they reaped a whirlwind of wartime consequences.

The first of a two-volume series sheds new and original light on the origins of the Second World War. It is a study of both modern British history and a period of French history usually consigned to darkness. It also explores the role of morality in policymaking. This is a very human story of the passionate devotion to peace and justice of the proponents of the Peace Ballot and their supporters, and of the paradoxical and perverse result they achieved.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

J. Kenneth Brody served as a World War II naval officer in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific theaters. He practiced law in Seattle and was executive vice president of a Fortune 500 company, then retired to write the history of his era. He is the author of The Avoidable War and The Trial of Pierre Laval.

Review:

“Brody, a retired naval officer, describes the eventful summer of 1935, when 11 million Britons "voted" in the Peace Ballot, a prototype political poll. The results were contradictory: large majorities both opposed rearmament and supported collective security through the League of Nations. Brody contends that the Ballot had an immediate effect on British diplomacy... Brody's narrative style is attractive...  Upper-division undergraduates and above.” 

—J. R. Breihan, Choice

"I am impressed by the thoroughness of the research and the skillful way in which Brody has woven together the different threads of the complicated and tragic story of the failure of Western policy in the years 1933-1936. . . . Admirable also are the deft portraits of the main actors in the drama."

—Gordon A. Craig, J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor, Emeritus, Stanford University

"Brody's gripping treatment .... makes all the actors it discusses intelligible in their own terms and argues a good case for believing that Lord Cecil and the League of Nations Union had the opposite effect from the effect they intended the Peace Ballot to have."

—Maurice Cowling, Fellow of Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge

"Brody provides his readers with a strong narrative account to take them through the troubled times with convincing 'feel' both for events and personalities. . . .The detailed 'pen portraits' of those figures . . . are vividly drawn."

—John F. Naylor, Professor of History, State University of New York at Buffalo

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 44.95
US$ 7.72

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 3.99
From Canada to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Published by Routledge
ISBN 10: 0765804980 ISBN 13: 9780765804983
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Secondsource Books Inc.
(Bolton, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Routledge. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0765804980 **New** sealed copy, unmarked EXCELLENT condition; ships USPS with delivery confirmation in US 855O. Seller Inventory # SKU1087524

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 7.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

J. Kenneth Brody
Published by transaction
ISBN 10: 0765804980 ISBN 13: 9780765804983
New Soft cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
river break books
(Fort benton, MT, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description transaction. Soft cover. Condition: New. Paperback is wrapped in original plastic, as new. Seller Inventory # 006314

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 11.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

J. Kenneth Brody
Published by Transaction Publishers (1999)
ISBN 10: 0765804980 ISBN 13: 9780765804983
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Transaction Publishers, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0765804980

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 12.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Published by Routledge (1999)
ISBN 10: 0765804980 ISBN 13: 9780765804983
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Routledge, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110765804980

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 29.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Published by Taylor Francis Inc, United Kingdom (1999)
ISBN 10: 0765804980 ISBN 13: 9780765804983
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Taylor Francis Inc, United Kingdom, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. New.. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. As historian Gordon Craig has observed, Americans are deeply ambivalent about history, choosing instead to follow the imperative of moral absolutes; they are uncomfortable with the idea of national interest as a guiding principle of policy, preferring motivations that are nobler. What does the national interest require? What does morality command? These issues bedevil us in Bosnia and Rwanda today as they did yesterday in the Persian Gulf and in Somalia. Such questions were fully played out in the era that led up to the dominant event of our century, the Second World War. The Avoidable War details how the war, its destruction, and its consequences could have been avoided. This original interpretation of history also provides insights into ways of preserving peace that can guide contemporary diplomacy. J. Kenneth Brody describes an incomparable galley of characters: a chief villain, Hitler; a thoughtful, conflicted, and human Mussolini; a fatuous Ramsey MacDonald; an uncharacteristically silent William Churchill; a smaller than life Stanley Baldwin. Above all, he rescues from undeserved obscurity the noble and inspiring figure of Lord Robert Cecil providing a thorough, controversial reappraisal and sympathetic portrait of Pierre Laval, his policy, and his character. Brody is the first to tell the story of the Peace Ballot, the first modern public opinion poll, created by Cecil in 1935. In this privately organized referendum on issues of war and peace, the British voted overwhelmingly in support of disarmament and morality rather than the national interest. Unfortunately its results helped bring on the war they worked so hard to avoid as, instructed by the Peace Ballot, the British met brute force with arms limitations proposals, the love of peace, and exalted ideals. Under cover of those ideals they betrayed a trusting ally, France. In doing so, they reaped a whirlwind of wartime consequences. The first of a two-volume series sheds new and original light on the origins of the Second World War. It is a study of both modern British history and a period of French history usually consigned to darkness. It also explores the role of morality in policymaking. This is a very human story of the passionate devotion to peace and justice of the proponents of the Peace Ballot and their supporters, and of the paradoxical and perverse result they achieved. Seller Inventory # BTE9780765804983

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 52.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

J. Kenneth Brody
ISBN 10: 0765804980 ISBN 13: 9780765804983
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(SILVERWATER, NSW, Australia)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. As historian Gordon Craig has observed, Americans are deeply ambivalent about history, choosing instead to follow the imperative of moral absolutes; they are uncomfortable wit.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 389 pages. 0.544. Seller Inventory # 9780765804983

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 58.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.00
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds