The Problems of Sustainability

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:
The Problems of Sustainability

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Counterinsurgency campaigns were attritional. The insurgents were too weak to inflict a military defeat on the security forces. But they could win if they eroded the political will of the colonial state and its masters in London to continue the struggle. Victory for the British required them to muster both men and money over periods measured in years, not months, and their ability to do that depended on their political will. This chapter shows how, beginning in the second half of the 1950s, changes in domestic British and international politics, made it increasingly difficult for the British to do muster that will.

Keywords: imperial policies post-1945; domestic critics of empire; international critics of empire; Templer Report; lawfare; Hola Camp; Devlin Report; Borneo; Aden

Chapter.  15999 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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