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Conscription and the Attlee Governments : The Politics and Policy of National Service 1945-1951 - L. V. Scott

Conscription and the Attlee Governments

The Politics and Policy of National Service 1945-1951

Hardcover Published: 30th September 1993
ISBN: 9780198204213
Number Of Pages: 314

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This is the first detailed scholarly study of conscription in the years immediately following the Second World War, when for the first time in Britain introduced conscription. L. V. Scott examines the military reasoning behind conscription, and then shows how opposition to National Service grew in the changing economic circumstances of post-war Britain. He explores the party politics of National Service and examines how the Labour Party previously bitterly opposed to conscription, came to pass the 1947 National Service Act. The book examines how National Service was essential to the defence and foreign policies of the Attlee governments, and became one of the foundations of the post-war consensus on Britain's security.

'very thorough monograph on the politics of national conscription' Times Higher Educational Supplement 'Dr Scott thoroughly understands the political, strategic and economic difficulties involved in post-war conscription and how these difficulties were intertwined. Conscription and the Attlee Governments is a wholly admirable work, properly founded on original sources.' Times Literary Supplement 'This is the first detailed study of conscription under the immediate post-war Labour administration ... The story is a fascinating one.' Bob Wyatt, The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society, Volume 44, No. 176, May 1994 `...meticulous detail...Scott tells his story in an orderly way...the book gives an exact sense of politicians at work, in a world of high politics where voters and even back-benchers only matter if they intrude.' Parliamentary History `any student of the postwar years will find much of interest and value in it.' Albion `Although Scott offers few surprises, he shows unusual analytical balance: as a lecturer in international relations who once worked for Denis Healey he handles external and domestic influences with equal assurance.' English Historical Review

Introductionp. 1
The Coalition Government and Post-war Conscriptionp. 15
The Continuation of the Call-up 1947-1948p. 46
The Military Argument for Conscriptionp. 67
The 1947 National Service Actp. 97
The Politics of the National Service Actp. 120
The Convertibility Crisis and its Aftermathp. 154
The Onset of the Cold Warp. 186
Defence Policy, National Service, and the Cold War 1949-1951p. 219
Conclusionp. 260
Appendix 1: Strength of the Armed Forces and Women's Services of the United Kingdom, 1938-1951p. 276
Appendix 2: Demobilizationp. 278
Appendix 3: Summary of 1947-1948 National Service Schemep. 280
Appendix 4: Breakdown of National Service Intake, 1929-1933p. 281
Appendix 5: Army Organization: Pre-war and Post-war Comparisonsp. 283
Appendix 6: Principal Personsp. 285
Bibliographyp. 290
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780198204213
ISBN-10: 0198204213
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 30th September 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.53