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11 Jul 2008
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How did leaders as diverse as Lenin and Lloyd George, Hitler and Churchill, Mussolini and Roosevelt, Chiang Kaishek and Mao Zedong view the world? When they looked at maps, what areas stood out? Were they more interested in political borders, economic resources, race, or class? And how far did they want to transform what they saw?
 
In this path-breaking book, thirteen leading historians address these questions. They look at the underlying political, cultural and social environments in which various leaders developed their world views and rose to influence. They explore the extent to which these leaders' beliefs influenced their actions once in power. And, they reassess some of the key questions of the period, from the familiar distinction between status quo, revisionist and revolutionary figures to the deeper clashes between liberal internationalism and its challengers, especially Marxism on the left and Hitler's brutal form of imperialism on the right.


Description

How did leaders as diverse as Lenin and Lloyd George, Hitler and Churchill, Mussolini and Roosevelt, Chiang Kaishek and Mao Zedong view the world? When they looked at maps, what areas stood out? Were they more interested in political borders, economic resources, race, or class? And how far did they want to transform what they saw?
 
In this path-breaking book, thirteen leading historians address these questions. They look at the underlying political, cultural and social environments in which various leaders developed their world views and rose to influence. They explore the extent to which these leaders' beliefs influenced their actions once in power. And, they reassess some of the key questions of the period, from the familiar distinction between status quo, revisionist and revolutionary figures to the deeper clashes between liberal internationalism and its challengers, especially Marxism on the left and Hitler's brutal form of imperialism on the right.


Reviews

'This fine collection of essays on the 'mental maps' of key statesmen during the inter-war period makes an important
contribution to this new approach ... a stimulating and extremely useful set of essays.'

  - Peter Jackson, English Historical Review
 
'A stimulating and highly coherent set of essays illuminating the intellectual formation and world views of leading policy-makers. Specialists and students alike will profit greatly from reading it.' - Patrick Finney, University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK.


Contents

Introduction; S.Casey& J. Wright
Raymond Poincaré; J.Keiger
Lloyd George; S.Marks
The View from the Kremlin: Soviet Assumptions about the Capitalist World in the 1920s and 1930s; C.Read
One mind at Locarno? Gustav Stresemann and Aristide Briand; J.Wright& J.Wright
Atatuerk; C.Foss
Chiang Kaishek and Mao Zedong; R.Mitter
Hamaguchi Osachi; E.Hotta
Edvard Beneš; R.Crampton
Mussolini, Il Duce; A.Cassels
Hitler; N.Gregor
The maps on Churchill's mind; G.Best
Franklin D. Roosevelt; S.Casey  


Authors

STEVEN CASEY is Senior Lecturer in International History at the LSE, UK. He is author of Cautious Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and the War against Nazi Germany and Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and the Press in the US, 1950-1953.

JONATHAN WRIGHT is Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford, UK, and a Tutorial Fellow in Politics at Christ Church. His recent publications include Gustav Stresemann: Weimar's Greatest Statesman and Germany and the Origins of the Second World War.