The Strategy of the Lloyd George Coalition, 1916-1918

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDavid French

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The popular image of the First World War is dominated by two misconceptions. The first holds that the war was an exercise in futility in which incompetent upper class generals callously sacrificed an entire generation of young men to no good purpose. The second holds that the debate aboutBritish strategic policy during the First World War was a gladiatorial contest between `brass hats' (generals), and `frock coats' (politicians). Historians, denied access for too long to the contemporary records of the private deliberations of policy-makers, had been forced to follow bothinterpretations. David French challenges this orthodoxy and suggests that the policy-makers were united in trying to relate strategic policy to a carefully considered set of war aims. His challenging conclusion is that the policy-makers never lost sight of their goal, which was to ensure thatBritain fought the war at an acceptable cost and emerged from it with its security enhanced against both its enemies and its allies.

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The popular image of the First World War is dominated by two misconceptions. The first holds that the war was an exercise in futility in which incompetent upper class generals callously sacrificed an entire generation of young men to no good purpose. The second holds that the debate aboutBritish strategic policy during the First Worl...

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The popular image of the First World War is dominated by two misconceptions. The first holds that the war was an exercise in futility in which incompetent upper-class generals callously sacrificed an entire generation of young men to no good purpose. The second holds that the debate about British strategic policy during the First World...

David French is a Reader in History at University College, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198205597

ISBN - 13:9780198205593

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`This volume displays the same rigorous archival research and remorseless revisionism as the previous two. Alone, it is an important contribution to First World War studies. Together with its predecessors, it represents an impressive scholarly achievement. This is history for grown-ups. Itwill not please everyone. Read it and decide for yourself.'J.M. Bourne, University of Birmingham, The Historical Association 1997