Government and the armed forces in Britain, 1856-1990 [electronic resource] / edited by Paul Smith.
- London ; Rio Grande, Ohio : Hambledon Press, c1996.
1 online resource (343 p.)
- Great Britain. Ministry of Defence -- History.
Civil-military relations -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Civil-military relations -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901.
Great Britain -- Armed Forces -- Political activity.
Great Britain -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- History, Military -- 19th century.
- Electronic books.
- In a period that began with Britain controlling a world-wide empire and included two world wars, followed by the Cold War and massive expenditure on nuclear armaments, the relationship between the politicians and the generals has been central to British history. While it is correctly assumed that the Armed Forces have never threatened British political stability in modern times, the relationship between the military and their political masters is a major, if under-emphasised, theme of British history. While in theory the politicians decided strategy and the military implemented it, in practice
- Contents; Preface; Contributors; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Civil-Military Relations in a Period without Major Wars, 1855-85; 2 Ruling the Waves: Government, the Service and the Cost of Naval Supremacy, 1885-99; 3 Adversarial Attitudes: Servicemen, Politicians and Strategic Policy, 1899-1914; 4 'A One-Man Show'? Civil-Military Relations during the First World War; 5 The Campaign for a Ministry of Defence, 1919-36; 6 Sir Thomas Inskip as Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence, 1936-39; 7 Waltzing with Winston: Civil-Military Relations in the Second World War
8 'Vested Interests and Vanished Dreams': Duncan Sandys, the Chiefs of Staff and the 1957 White Paper9 The Ministry of Defence, 1959-70; 10 Establishing Civilian Supremacy: Influence within Britain's Ministry of Defence; 11 Michael Heseltine and the Reorganisation of the Ministry of Defence, 1983-84; 12 Conclusion; Index
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Smith, Paul, 1937-
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