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By G. C. Peden

This ebook integrates procedure, know-how and economics and provides a brand new means of twentieth-century army background and Britain's decline as a good strength. G. C. Peden explores how from the Edwardian period to the Sixties conflict was once remodeled by means of a chain of strategies, together with dreadnoughts, submarines, airplane, tanks, radar, nuclear guns and guided missiles. He exhibits that the price of those new guns tended to upward push extra fast than nationwide source of revenue and argues that method needed to be tailored to take account of either the elevated efficiency of latest guns and the economy's diminishing skill to maintain defense force of a given dimension. sooner than the improvement of nuclear guns, British method was once in accordance with a capability to wear out an enemy via blockade, attrition (in the 1st global struggle) and strategic bombing (in the Second), and as a result strength rested as a lot on financial power as on armaments.

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Eventually Chamberlain’s campaign split his party, and Balfour resigned in December 1905. The issue of free trade or protection was a gift to the Liberals, who won the 1906 election largely because they could portray the Conservatives as the party of dear bread (‘broadening the basis of taxation’ and imperial 47 Parliamentary Debates, 4th series, 1906, vol. 156, col. 290. For political economy and public finance, see G. C. ), The Political Economy of British Historical Experience, 1688–1914 (Oxford University Press, 2002), pp.

3–30. French, British Economic and Strategic Planning, p. 17. ’, Economic History Review, 46 (1993), 215–38, at 224–5; John M. Hobson, ‘The military-extraction gap and the wary titan: the fiscal-sociology of British defence policy 1870–1913’, Journal of European Economic History, 22 (1993), 461–506, at 479; John M. Hobson, The Wealth of States: A Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change (Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp. 67–8, 171, 202. 1. 4 Source: Mitchell, British Historical Statistics, pp.

Such interdepartmental co-ordination as took place was done through the CID, which was formed in December 1902, with the older Colonial Defence Committee and the Joint Military and Naval Committee as sub-committees. From May 1904 the CID had a permanent secretariat, and became an important forum for strategic debates, with sub-committees studying a wide range of issues. Only the prime minister was a permanent member, and in practice he could restrict consideration of defence policy to a small inner cabinet, along with their professional advisers.

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