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Winning Hearts and Minds

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/9780199587964.003.0007
Winning Hearts and Minds

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Coercion was the mainstay of British counter-insurgency operations, and it was never welcomed by the people who experienced them. Conciliation, whether it took the form of a deliberate policy of making carefully calculated political concessions, as Thompson said it should, or whether it took the form of buying support thorough investment in projects to raise living standards, was only practiced on a limited scale. Attempts to buy support for the colonial regime by promoting investment in economic development foundered upon the shortages of money and the reluctance of the Treasury to provide more than the barest minimum of funding. Buying ‘hearts and minds’ was never a real possibility because the British could not afford the down payments.

Keywords: coercion and civil population; new villages; development projects; treasury; security sector reform; political concessions and independence; psychological warfare

Chapter.  14418 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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