Churchill and Britain's 'Financial Dunkirk'

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dc.contributor.author Toye, Richard en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-08T13:15:54Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:52:53Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T14:12:29Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_GB
dc.description.abstract At the end of World War II the United Kingdom, on the verge of bankruptcy, was threatened with ‘a financial Dunkirk’. Winston Churchill was eager to help the new Labour government tackle this crisis. However, his ability to give such help, in his position as Leader of the Opposition, was constrained by important divisions within his own party. These caused him considerable political difficulties as 1945 came to a close, prompting a major Conservative rebellion against his leadership on the question of the proposed US loan to Britain. Yet, in spite of his discomfiture on this issue in the domestic sphere, he went on, during his 1946 trip to the USA, to play a key role in overcoming congressional opposition to the loan. Moreover, he did so in close collaboration with Clement Attlee’s government. In reciprocating the spirit of unity that Labour had showed in 1940, Churchill revived, during Britain’s ‘financial Dunkirk’, the spirit and the ethos of the original. Using previously unpublished evidence, this article tells the story in full for the first time. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 15 (4), pp. 329-360 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/tcbh/15.4.329 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/17792 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_GB
dc.relation.url http://tcbh.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/15/4/329 en_GB
dc.subject Churchill, Winston en_GB
dc.subject Conservative Party en_GB
dc.subject Economic policy en_GB
dc.subject US loan en_GB
dc.subject Attlee, Clement en_GB
dc.subject Amery, Leo en_GB
dc.title Churchill and Britain's 'Financial Dunkirk' en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-02-08T13:15:54Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:52:53Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T14:12:29Z
dc.identifier.issn 09552359 en_GB
dc.identifier.issn 14774674 en_GB
dc.description This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Twentieth Century British History following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version (Vol.15 (4), 2004 pp. 329-360) is available online at: http://tcbh.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/15/4/329 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Twentieth Century British History en_GB


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