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Semi-Detached IdealistsThe British Peace Movement and International Relations,
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Martin Ceadel

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241170.001.0001

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Retreat, March 1939–August 1945

Retreat, March 1939–August 1945

(p.376) 11 Retreat, March 1939–August 1945
Semi-Detached Idealists

Martin Ceadel

Oxford University Press

When Britain entered World War II on September 3, 1939, it was deemed a minor watershed in comparison with the Prague crisis. Of greater intellectual impact was Adolf Hitler's military breakthrough in the summer of 1940, after which only the most obdurate or the most apolitical could support non-resistance, and only the most optimistic or gullible could expect a satisfactory negotiated peace. A more gradual change of mood occurred after the Soviet Union and the United States entered the war during the second half of 1941, thereby improving the prospects of military victory.

Keywords:   World War II, Soviet Union, United States, Prague, Danzig, peace movement, Adolf Hitler, phoney war

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