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Author Lukacs, John, 1924-2019.

Title Five days in London, May 1940 / John Lukacs.

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.532 LUKA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 236 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-227) and index.
Contents 1 Hinge of Fate -- Turning point. Two accounts -- Awesomeness of the German tide -- Black Fortnight -- Problems of British morale -- Distrust of Churchill -- Opinions and sentiments -- "Outwardly calm, inwardly anxious." -- 2 Friday, 24 May -- Hitler's halt order -- Germans before Dunkirk -- Calais -- Hitler and the Conservatives -- Two Rights -- Chamberlain -- Appeasers -- Halifax -- War Cabinet -- Churchill and Roosevelt -- British press -- "A slight increase in anxiety and a slight decrease in optimism." -- 3 Saturday, 25 May -- An English weekend -- French: Weygand and Petain -- Halifax and the Italian ambassador -- Churchill and the Defence Committee -- "Depression is quite definitely up." -- 4 Sunday, 26 May -- An agitated day -- Three meetings of the War Cabinet -- Chamberlain, Halifax, Churchill -- Disagreements between Halifax and Churchill -- Scarcity of news: "A mandate to delay judgment and not to worry." -- "In Westminster Abbey." -- 5 Monday, 27 May -- What was happening at Dunkirk -- Belgians surrender -- American considerations -- Three War Cabinets and a walk in the garden -- "You'd have been better off playing cricket." -- 6 Tuesday, 28 May -- Morale, opinion, and the press -- "We cannot possibly starve the public in this way." -- Foreigners and refugees -- Churchill's instructions and the first War Cabinet -- His statement in the Commons -- Second War Cabinet -- Churchill's coup -- He comes through -- 7 Survival -- A long-range view of the war -- Meaning of Dunkirk -- "It is time to face up to facts." -- Halifax redux -- An antiquated Britain -- Churchill and Europe -- Fortissimo.
Summary "The days from May 24 to May 28, 1940, altered the course of the history of this century, as the members of the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with or to continue the war against Hitler. The decisive importance of these five days is the focus of John Lukacs's new book."--BOOK JACKET. "Lukacs takes us hour by hour into the critical unfolding of events at 10 Downing Street, where Churchill and the members of his cabinet were painfully considering their war responsibilities. Lukacs also investigates the mood of the British people, drawing on newspaper and Mass-Observation reports that show how the citizenry, though only partly informed about the dangers that faced them, nevertheless began to support Churchill's determination to stand fast."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Halifax, Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of, 1881-1959.
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1936-1945.
Variant Title 5 days in London, May 1940.
ISBN 0300080301