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Varieties of Coercion: Exemplary Force, Counter-terrorism, and Population Control

David French

in The British Way in Counter-Insurgency, 1945-1967

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587964
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587964.003.0005
Varieties of Coercion: Exemplary Force, Counter-terrorism, and Population Control

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Coercion, which was the mainstay of British counter-insurgency practice, took a variety of forms. Measures ranged from the use of exemplary force (such as cordon and search operations, curfews, and collective fines) to the waging of counter-terrorism through mass arrests, deportation, detention without trial, forced resettlement, food denial operations, the creation of free-fire zones where anyone was liable to be shot by the security forces, and ‘aerial proscription’, that is the bombing of otherwise inaccessible villages.

Keywords: exemplary force; counter-terrorism; population control; forcible resettlement; food denial; aerial proscription; casualties; detention without trial; Briggs Plan

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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