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Perceptions of public opinion. British foreign policy decisions about Nazi Germany, 1933-1938

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This thesis examines the historical problem of determining the relationship between a government's perception of public opinion and the decisions it takes. We introduce evidence for the social habits of the Cabinet in order to suggest new formulations of 'élite' and 'mass' public opinion. We argue that parliamentary opinion was generally more important in decision-making for the Cabinet, except at moments of extreme crisis when a conception of 'mass' opinion became equally significant. The...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
All Souls College
Department:
Humanities Division - History Faculty
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Publication date:
2000
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
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uuid:e4be72fd-3dd2-44f5-8bf6-19922402e397
Local pid:
ora:6114

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