At the end of World War II, Britain faced enormous financial and economic problems, made more intractable by the heavy defence expenditure demanded by colonial presence in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the decision to go ahead with producing a British atomic bomb in the light of a growing Soviet threat.This book looks at how British defence policy has balanced the country's need to maintain the status of an independent nuclear power with its diminishing role in world politics, generally, concentrating on how that policy was applied in key events such as the Korean War, the Suez crisis of 1956 and the Falklands. It will provide a clearly written and accessible analysis of the main currents of and developments in British defence policy since 1945. This book is aimed at students (including upper forms in schools, first-year undergraduates) of politics and history and general readers.
Chapter I: Introduction ; Chapter II: From the end of the second world war to the Korean war 1945-1950 ; Chapter III: From the Korean war to the Suez crisis 1950-1956 ; Chapter IV: The Sandys white paper of 1957 and its consequences ; Chapter V: The end of Britain's role east of Suez 1964-1968 ; Chapter VI: Britain's defence problems in the 1970s ; Chapter VII: The Thatcher government and defence 1979-1988 ; Chapter VIII: Conclusion.
Series: Making Contemporary Britain
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 8th January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 215.86 x 129.91
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1