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Conscription and the Attlee GovernmentsThe Politics and Policy of National Service 1945–1951$
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L. V. Scott

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204213.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.260) 10 Conclusion
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Conscription and the Attlee Governments
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L. V. SCOTT

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204213.003.0010

Labour lost the general election of October 1951. The new Churchill administration pursued policies in foreign and defence affairs that in the main followed from, and were based on the same assumptions as those of the Atlee governments. The essentials of the National Service scheme remained the same, with the period of service fixed at two years, until in 1957 it was decided to phase out conscription altogether. For British defence and foreign policy the post-war period has been characterized as ‘the long retreat’. Even with a constantly rising level of economic growth, governments of all colours sought to accommodate diverging objectives.

Keywords:   Churchill administration, Atlee governments, National Service scheme, conscription, defence policy, foreign policy, post-war period

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