Conscription and the Attlee Governments: The Politics and Policy of National Service 1945-1951

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byL. V. Scott

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This is the first detailed scholarly study of conscription in the years immediately following the Second World War, when for the first time in Britain introduced conscription. L. V. Scott examines the military reasoning behind conscription, and then shows how opposition to National Servicegrew in the changing economic circumstances of post-war Britain. He explores the party politics of National Service and examines how the Labour Party previously bitterly opposed to conscription, came to pass the 1947 National Service Act. The book examines how National Service was essential to thedefence and foreign policies of the Attlee governments, and became one of the foundations of the post-war consensus on Britain's security.

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This is the first detailed scholarly study of conscription in the years immediately following the Second World War, when for the first time in Britain introduced conscription. L. V. Scott examines the military reasoning behind conscription, and then shows how opposition to National Servicegrew in the changing economic circumstances of ...

L. V. Scott is at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:314 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198204213

ISBN - 13:9780198204213

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`Although Scott offers few surprises, he shows unusual analytical balance: as a lecturer in international relations who once worked for Denis Healey he handles external and domestic influences with equal assurance.'English Historical Review