WITHDRAWAL FROM EMPIRE: A MILITARY VIEW.

Jackson, General Sir William.


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Batsford, 1st ed., 1986. Xvii + 285 pp., 38 photo-plates + 19 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. V.G.+ The evolution of Britain’s military role as an imperial power and its adjustment to modern conditions is the theme of this masterly survey. A prologue outlines the early accumulation of imperial riches through to the cost of victory of the Second World War. Thus the scene is set for the central drama of the book: first the attempts to maintain an imperial role, and the influence of events in India, the Middle East and the Far East; the riding of the Communist tide – the Berlin blockade, the Malayan emergency and the Korean War; the battle for hearts and minds – Kenya, Cyprus and Egypt become critical; and crucial events not only in Ghana but also Suez. From the late fifties, withdrawal from Empire became the political and military consensus. The author analyses this gradual change of orientation, rearguard military involvement in Borneo and Aden, the 1967 Defence Review and the disengagement from East of Suez’. Then he goes on to analyse events in Rhodesia, South Africa, Hong Kong and Gibraltar based on the situation at the time of publication.~~~~~


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