Government and the armed forces in Britain, 1856-1990
- edited by Paul Smith.
- London ; Rio Grande, Ohio : Hambledon Press, ©1996.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xviii, 324 pages)
- Smith, Paul, 1937-
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Civil-military relations in a period without major wars, 1855-85, Edgar Feuchtwanger and William J. Philpott-- ruling the waves - government, the service and the cost of naval supremacy, 1885-99, Paul Smith-- adversarial attitudes - servicemen, politicians and strategic policy, 1899-1914, John Gooch-- "A one-man show?" Civil-military relations during the First World Wra, David French-- the campaign for a Ministry for Defence, 1919-36, William J. Philpott-- Sir Thomas Inskip as Minister for Co-ordination of Defence, 1936-39, Sean Greenwood-- waltzing with Winston - civil-military relations in the Second World War, Alex Danchev-- "Vested interests with vanished dreams" - Duncan Sandys, the Chiefs of Staff and the 1957 White Paper, Martin S. Navias-- the Ministry of Defence, 1959-70, Peter Nailor-- establishing civilian supremacy - influence within Britain's Ministry of Defence, David K. Boren-- Michael Heseltine and the reorganization of the Ministry of Defence, 1983-84, Adrian Smith-- conclusion, Lawrence Freedman.
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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 decisions often depended on the personalities and experience of those involved. Asquith, the epitome of the civilian, left major strategic decisions in the hands of the military; while Churchill, an ex-soldier and ex-First Lord of the Admiralty, rode roughshod over professional military advice. In a period when arms before ever more technologically sophisticated, there was also the problem of how far politicians could decide on strategies proposed by the military other than by the crude yardstick of cost. The essays in Government and the Armed Forces in Britain, 1856-1990 provide a coherent account not only of the major decision-making of warfare but also of the changes in the organisation and control of the Armed Forces.
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- Great Britain. Ministry of Defence > History.
- Great Britain. Ministry of Defence.
- 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.
- HISTORY > Military > Pictorial.
- Armed Forces > Political activity.
- Civil-military relations.
- Politics and government
- Great Britain.
- History, 1837-
- Great Britain
- Publication date
- 9780826418944 (electronic bk.)
- 0826418945 (electronic bk.)
- 1852851449 (cased ; alk. paper)