The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 477
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pro-Nazi-Fascist group in England was largely responsible for con-
ciliation toward Germany and failure to join with Russia in a
movement to stop Hitler. Although there is sound ground for
the author to stand on, one suspects that the favorable attitude
of the author toward socialism may have colored his criticism to
some extent. Whatever the source of the guilt, surely the British
policy of hesitancy between appeasement and resistance very
nearly brought England and France to total annihilation.
In regard to the last half of the book dealing with the war, it
will be useful to those who desire a study of movements behind
the fronts and an analysis of conditions which caused certain
events of unusual importance. Moreover, it contains a survey of
the major military movements in Europe and Asia. There is an
excellent study of decisive turning points in the war, including
the decision of Hitler to attack France before attempting an
invasion of England and Hitler's fateful decision to attack Russia.
There is also a brief and lurid tale of Nazi atrocities which should
long be remembered by those who take lightly the approach of
As might be expected of a British writer, the whole story is
told with England as the center of the stage. Having ready access
to British documents and having lived among the English, it is
natural that the perspective would be through British eyes. This,
however, is no serious objection in itself, and the general state-
ment may be made that this survey of events is interestingly
written, properly arranged, and objectively presented.
In this survey where the author deliberately avoids speculation,
it is unfortunate that the last note is sounded on conjecture if not
personal prejudice. In attempting to arrive at the basic trouble
with our civilization, Ingram injects his own point of view which
is not properly supported by facts. He either states or implies
that only a new social order will insure democracy and peace.
He leans heavily on the side of socialism or communism as the
base for a desirable new world order. The next phase of civiliza-
tion, he argues, must be equalitarian in character if there is to
be any hope for peace.
We must all admit that there have been great strides in social
reform during the last fifty years and that many of these reforms
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