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British Defence Since 1945
At the end of World War II, Britain faced enormous financial and economic problems, made more intractable by the heavy defence expenditure demanded by colonial presence in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the decision to go ahead with producing a British atomic bomb in the light of a growing Soviet threat.This book looks at how British defence policy has balanced the c ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published January 8th 1991 by Wiley-Blackwell
(first published January 1st 1989)
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Michael Dockrill provides an outstanding study of British Defense policy from the end of World War II to the mid-1980s. The author, at the time a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at King's College, University of London, assesses the British decline as a Great Power to a second-rate military power. He depicts the reluctant downsizing of the British military, capable of global action, to reflect the diminishing imperial defense responsibilities driven by financial and economic crises during the peri ...more