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Facing the Second World WarStrategy, Politics, and Economics in Britain and France 1938-1940$
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Talbot C. Imlay

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261222

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261222.001.0001

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The Strategic Dimension in Britain

The Strategic Dimension in Britain

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This chapter argues the British and French strategy developed along similar and increasingly radical lines during the Phoney War, a convergence fostered by the growing inclination of the British to identify with French concerns and fears. Broadly speaking, British strategy in the 1930s tended towards isolation from Europe. However, beginning in 1938, the mounting German threat together with strong French pressure rendered this aloofness from the Continent increasingly untenable. Compelled in 1939 to reaffirm and strengthen Britain's military contribution to the Continental defence, the British soon found themselves conceiving of the balance of power in Continental terms.

Keywords:   isolation, Britain, Phoney war, strategy, defence, balance of power

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