British Counterinsurgency

Paperback | October 7, 2015

byJohn Newsinger

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For many years, the British Army was considered to have a particular expertise at counterinsurgency campaigning. John Newsinger's British Counterinsurgency challenges this view. The book examines the post-1945 campaigns in Palestine, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, South Yemen, Dhofar, Northern Ireland and most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. It looks at the opponents the British faced, the methods that were used against them, the successes and the failures, and the reasons for these outcomes. It contests the British claim to have used minimum force in order to win hearts and minds, showing that as much force was used as was thought appropriate, that torture was widely used and that coercion was always more important than consent. The book ends with an assessment of the disastrous campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, with particular focus on the damage done to the British Army's reputation and credibility.

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For many years, the British Army was considered to have a particular expertise at counterinsurgency campaigning. John Newsinger's British Counterinsurgency challenges this view. The book examines the post-1945 campaigns in Palestine, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, South Yemen, Dhofar, Northern Ireland and most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan....

John Newsinger is Professor of Modern History at Bath Spa University, UK, and is an acknowledged authority on George Orwell. He has published widely in a number of fields including British military and Imperial history. His books include Orwell's Politics and The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire. His work ha...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.54 × 5.34 × 0.67 inPublished:October 7, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230298249

ISBN - 13:9780230298248

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Table of Contents


1. At War with Zion
2. The Running Dog War
3. The Mau Mau Revolt
4. Cyprus and Eoka
5. The Struggle for South Yemen
6. The Unknown Wars: Oman and Dhofar
7. The Long War: Northern Ireland
8. America's Wars: Afghanistan and Iraq