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The British Way in Counter-Insurgency, 1945-1967
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The British Way in Counter-Insurgency, 1945-1967

David French

Abstract

‘The experience of numerous small wars has provided the British Army with a unique insight into this demanding form of conflict.’ (Ministry of Defence, 2001). Over the next decade these claims unravelled spectacularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, and this book suggests that one reason for that was because contemporary British counter-insurgency doctrine was based upon a serious mis-reading of the past. Many observers believed that during their wars of decolonisation in the two decades after 1945 the British had discovered how western liberal notions of right and wrong could be made compatible with ... More

Keywords: counter-insurgency, decolonization, British Empire, human rights, British army, Cold War, hearts and minds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587964.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David French, author
Professor Emeritus, University College London

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