Conclusion: A Potemkin Army

David French

in Army, Empire, and Cold War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199548231
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739224 | DOI:
  Conclusion: A Potemkin Army

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The American historian John Lewis Gaddis has suggested that during the Cold War the USSR practised what he called ‘Potemkinism’, a strategy he defined as ‘building just enough of a capability to create the illusion that much more lay behind it.’ This book argues that, given its limited combat capability, the same notion could be applied to the post‐war British army.

Keywords: ‘Potemkinism’; British strategic culture; British army and the Cold War

Chapter.  4187 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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