The Specter Of Munich: Reconsidering The Lessons Of Appeasing Hitler

No historical event has exerted influence on America s post World War II use of military force than the Anglo French appeasement of Nazi Germany in the 1930s Informed by the supposed grand lesson of Munich namely, that capitulating to the demands of aggressive dictatorships invites further aggression and makes inevitable a larger war American presidents from Harry TNo historical event has exerted influence on America s post World War II use of military force than the Anglo French appeasement of Nazi Germany in the 1930s Informed by the supposed grand lesson of Munich namely, that capitulating to the demands of aggressive dictatorships invites further aggression and makes inevitable a larger war American presidents from Harry Truman through George W Bush have relied on the Munich analogy not only to interpret perceived security threats but also to mobilize public opinion for military action.In The Specter of Munich, noted defense analyst Jeffrey Record takes an unconventional look at a disastrous chapter in Western diplomatic history After identifying the complex considerations behind the Anglo French appeasement of Hitler and the reasons for the policy s failure, Record disputes the stock thesis that unchecked aggression always invites further aggression He proceeds to identify other lessons of the 1930s relevant to meeting today s U.S foreign policy and security challenges Among those lessons are the severe penalties that foreign policy miscalculation can incur, the constraints of public opinion in a modern democracy, and the virtue of consistency in threatening and using force The Specter of Munich concludes that though today s global political, military, and economic environment differs considerably from that of the 1930s, the United States is making some of the same strategic mistakes in its war on terrorism that the British and French made in their attempts to protect themselves against Nazi Germany Not the least of these mistakes is the continued reliance on the specter of Adolf Hitler to interpret today s foreign security threats.
The Specter Of Munich Reconsidering The Lessons Of Appeasing Hitler No historical event has exerted influence on America s post World War II use of military force than the Anglo French appeasement of Nazi Germany in the s Informed by the supposed grand lesson of M

  • Title: The Specter Of Munich: Reconsidering The Lessons Of Appeasing Hitler
  • Author: Jeffrey Record
  • ISBN: 9781597970396
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Specter Of Munich: Reconsidering The Lessons Of Appeasing Hitler”

    1. This is actually two books, in my opinion, and both are worth reading. The first half opens with an explanation of how every US President since Truman (except for Ford and Carter) has brought up the "appeasement" argument to urge the American electorate towards war. It makes for good politics, but Dr. Record goes on to show that Munich in 1938 is not a good historical parallel for anything the US has faced since Munich 1938. "Chamberlain, in short, had no global military running room by the time [...]

    2. A very good examination of the Munich crisis of 1938, why it was sui generis, and what lessons it holds for today's policy-makers and strategists. Well-written, tremendously researched and footnoted, and admirably pithy, it nevertheless leaves too many questions not addressed. Mr. Record, for example, fails to fault the mass media for engaging in its own versions of historical meta-narratives and opinion mobilization. Thus, for every saber-rattling president warning of us of "another Munich," th [...]

    3. As this book documents, politicians since WWII have been drawn to use of the analogy of appeasing Hitler at Munich to justify military action around the globe. But the analogy is a far weaker one than they represent it. As Dr. Record describes it the events at Munich were not so simple as is commonly suggested and few instances in today's world are at all comparable to the situation Chamberlain faced in Munich.

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