Dimensions: 512 pages, 9.5 × 6.6 × 1.6 in
Published: October 22, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1594200300
ISBN - 13: 9781594200304
From the Publisher
Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marquess of
Londonderry, was born to power and command. Scion of one of
Britain's most aristocratic families, cousin of Churchill and
confidant of the king, owner of vast coal fields and landed
estates, married to the doyenne of London's social scene,
Londonderry was an ornament to his class, the 0.1 percent of the
population who still owned 30 percent of England's wealth as late
as 1930. But history has not been kind to "Charley," as the king
called him, because, in his own words, he "backed the wrong horse,"
and a very dark horse indeed: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party.
Londonderry was hardly the only British aristocrat to do so, but he
was the only Cabinet member to do so, and it ruined him. In a final
irony, his grand London house was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in
Ian Kershaw is not out to rehabilitate Lord Londonderry but to
understand him and to expose why he was made a scapegoat for views
that were much more widely held than anyone now likes to think. H.
L. Mencken famously said that "for every complex problem, there is
a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong." The conventional
explanation of the coming of World War II is a simple story of the
West's craven appeasement of Hitler in the face of his bullying.
Through the story of how Lord Londonderry came to be mixed up with
the Nazis and how it all went horribly wrong for him, Ian Kershaw
shows us that behind the familiar cartoon is a much more
complicated and interesting reality, full of miscalculations on
both sides, miscalculations that proved to be among the most
fateful in history.
About the Author
Ian Kershaw is professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield.