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Army, Empire, and Cold War: The British Army and Military Policy, 1945-1971 (Hardback)
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Army, Empire, and Cold War: The British Army and Military Policy, 1945-1971 (Hardback)

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Hardback 346 Pages / Published: 26/01/2012
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The veterans of the Fourteenth Army who fought in Burma between 1942 and 1945 called themselves 'the forgotten army'. But that appellation could equally well be applied to the whole of the British army after 1945. Histories of Britain's post-war defence policy have usually focused on how and why Britain acquired a nuclear deterrent. David French takes a new look at these policies by placing the army centre-stage. Drawing on archival sources that have hardly been used by historians, he shows how British governments tried to create an army that would enable them to maintain their position as a major world power at a time when their economy struggled to foot the bill. The result was a growing mismatch between the military resources that the government thought it could afford on the one hand, and a long list of overseas commitments, in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East, that it was reluctant to surrender. The result was that the British created a Potemkin army, a force that had an outwardly impressive facade, but that in reality had only very limited war-fighting capabilities. Army, Empire, and Cold War will interest not only historians of the British army, but also those who are trying to understand Britain's role in the Cold War, and how and why the British came to surrender formal rule over their empire.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199548231
Number of pages: 346
Weight: 678 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This book takes a fresh approach to an overlooked period of our military history. No-one with an interest in the history of the British Army can afford to ignore it. * Jonathan Eaton, Military History Monthly *
Until now, one of the critical missing parts of post-1945 history has been an up-to-date and substantial account of the British Army, based on how the Army viewed itself, as well as how critics assessed it. David French comprehensively fills this gap with command of detail and a balanced treatment of what he describes as a 'military dinosaur'. * Wm. Roger Louis, English Historical Review *

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