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Conscription and the Attlee Governments: The Politics and Policy of National Service 1945-1951 - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
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Conscription and the Attlee Governments: The Politics and Policy of National Service 1945-1951 - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 314 Pages / Published: 30/09/1993
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This is the first detailed scholarly study of conscription in the years immediately following the Second World War, when for the first time in Britain introduced conscription. L. V. Scott examines the military reasoning behind conscription, and then shows how opposition to National Service grew in the changing economic circumstances of post-war Britain. He explores the party politics of National Service and examines how the Labour Party previously bitterly opposed to conscription, came to pass the 1947 National Service Act. The book examines how National Service was essential to the defence and foreign policies of the Attlee governments, and became one of the foundations of the post-war consensus on Britain's security.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198204213
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 533 g
Dimensions: 224 x 146 x 24 mm


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'very thorough monograph on the politics of national conscription' Times Higher Educational Supplement
'Dr Scott thoroughly understands the political, strategic and economic difficulties involved in post-war conscription and how these difficulties were intertwined. Conscription and the Attlee Governments is a wholly admirable work, properly founded on original sources.' Times Literary Supplement
'This is the first detailed study of conscription under the immediate post-war Labour administration ... The story is a fascinating one.' Bob Wyatt, The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society, Volume 44, No. 176, May 1994
...meticulous detail...Scott tells his story in an orderly way...the book gives an exact sense of politicians at work, in a world of high politics where voters and even back-benchers only matter if they intrude. * Parliamentary History *
any student of the postwar years will find much of interest and value in it. * Albion *
Although Scott offers few surprises, he shows unusual analytical balance: as a lecturer in international relations who once worked for Denis Healey he handles external and domestic influences with equal assurance. * English Historical Review *

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