Personalities, War and Diplomacy: Essays in International History

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Psychology Press, 1997 - History - 291 pages
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History is an old, yet constantly changing discipline. Traditionally, the interpretation of the past oscillated between two opposed poles; on the one hand, there were those who believed that events were determined not by individuals but by an impersonal process (though, of course, there were contending views of what that process is, or how it unravels), and on the other hand, there were those who stressed the contingent aspects of politics and history, and hence the impact of personalities. Neither of these two concepts of history is new.
  

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Contents

Liberal or Realist?
5
Field Marshal Conrad von Hotzendorf and
38
The British Official Mind and the United
66
Liberal or Realist? Jonathan Wright
81
Viscount Cecil Winston Churchill and
105
Sir Robert Vansittart and Spain
127
Dwight Eisenhower
158
PaulHenri Spaak
186
Defence Sufficiency and the MilitaryPolitical
213
John F Kennedy Nuclear Tests and the Politics
234
Index
283
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T. G. Otte is Senior Lecturer in Diplomatic History at the University of East Anglia. His recent publications include The China Question: Great Power Rivalry and British Isolation, 1894 1905 (2007), The Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, 1854 1946 (with Keith Neilson, 2009) and Coalition Government in Britain: From Glorious Revolution to Cameron-Clegg (as editor, 2010).

Pagedas, Manager, Strategic Analysis and Special Assistant to the President, International Technology and Trade Associates Inc., Washington, DC.

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