David French

in Army, Empire, and Cold War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199548231
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739224 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the historiography of the army after 1945. It explains how and why it has been largely forgotten by historians of post‐war Britain, and explains how those few who have written about it have misconceived its roles, doctrines and organization. It suggests that the post‐war army represented a breakaway from a particular British strategic culture that dated back to the eighteenth century. It was a culture that regarded the armed forces as a kind of national insurance policy, and it was a culture that established a tension between how much governments wanted to spend on defence, and how much they believed they could afford to spend.

Keywords: British army; British strategic culture; historiography

Chapter.  6416 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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