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Should Britain have gone to war with Stalin as well as Hitler?

By Piers Brendon   May 2021
Churchill and Stalin in 1945 Credit: MARKA / Alamy Stock Photo

Churchill and Stalin in 1945 Credit: MARKA / Alamy Stock Photo

During the Second World War, Churchill and Roosevelt allied with one murderous dictator in order to defeat another. In this revisionist history Sean McMeekin argues that, after the 1939 Nazi-Soviet pact, Britain should have taken on both Hitler and Stalin. Bombing the Baku oil fields which fuelled both their brutal conquests would have turned the war into “a principled fight against totalitarian aggression.” McMeekin further maintains that, having missed this chance, western democracies were absurdly over-generous in giving Russia Lend-Lease goods. He does indeed provide a staggering inventory of the materiel by which capitalism sustained communism. It included, once…

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