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Fascist and Liberal Visions of WarFuller, Liddell Hart, Douhet, and Other Modernists$
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Azar Gat

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207153

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207153.001.0001

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Policy: Defence of the West (II): Cold War-Hot War

Policy: Defence of the West (II): Cold War-Hot War

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Fascist and Liberal Visions of War

Azar Gat

Oxford University Press

During the advent of the Second World War, Liddell Hart's growing opposition to Britain's war policy made him an outcast and relegated him to isolation and wilderness from his once popular and most-sought after status quo as a military analyst. This chapter discusses growing distance from the precepts of war and Britain's war policy. On the onset of the Second World War, Liddell Hart pursued a different form of stand against the war that relegated him to isolation. Questioning Britain's stand against the Nazi Germany, he concluded the prevailing strategy of Britain in defeating Germany was largely illusionary. He also maintained that Britain's concept of ‘victory ’ proved to be counter-productive and reckless. He believed that Britain should adopt a long-term view of conflict rather than exhausting efforts that would bring American and Soviet domination. He instead, proposed for Cold War against the Germany wherein he proposed to make Britain impregnable but devoid of offensive efforts.

Keywords:   Second World War, Liddell Hart, war policy, Britain's war policy, Germany, Cold War

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