A Military History Of Britain: From 1775 To The Present

Hardcover | October 1, 2006

byJeremy Black

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Black begins by setting the background to British military history, in particular the anti-(large) army ideology, the maritime tradition, and the growing geo-political rivalry with France. After the defeat of the French in North America, Britain would become the world's leading maritime power. The 19th Century would see tension between Britain and the new United States, France, Germany, and an increasing emphasis on imperial conquests. Organized in three parts: Britain as Imperial Parent; Britain as Imperial Rival; and Britain as Imperial Partner. A primary focus of this account will be the 20th century, examining Britain and World War I (including Britain as a world power and issues of imperial overstretch) and World War II (and the subsequent wars of Imperial Retention in Malaya, Kenya, and Cyprus). As in all of his writing, Black seeks to challenge conventional assumptions, and offer illuminating new perspectives. Black details the involvement of Britain in global affairs up to the present. Recent issues of continuing importance include Britain as a nuclear power, the end of the East of Suez policy, NATO membership; out-of-area conflict (from the Falklands to Iraq), and the adjustment to new global roles. This wide-ranging and broadly-based account is designed for students and for the general reader.

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Black begins by setting the background to British military history, in particular the anti-(large) army ideology, the maritime tradition, and the growing geo-political rivalry with France. After the defeat of the French in North America, Britain would become the world's leading maritime power. The 19th Century would see tension between...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275990397

ISBN - 13:9780275990398

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"Military structures and cultures, relevant sociological contexts, and the conflicts themselves are part of the story that Black tells. The early 21st century, he says, provides a different perspective than did the Cold War, and so he chooses some surprising topics to follow down the three centuries. The series being American, he devotes much attention to cross-Atlantic military relations, mostly after the unfortunate dust-up in the 1770s, oh yes, and that 1812 misunderstanding."-Reference & Research Book News