Frank Cass, 1st ed., 2002. X + 246 pp. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. This book is the first modern analysis, based on extensive and systematic archival research, of the British General Staff in the period up to the eve of the Second World War. The editors and contributors of this collection of essays have explored three broad themes. The first is the inception of the General Staff between the 1890's and 1914. The second is the role of personalities in extending the power and authority of the General Staff over the Army as a whole. The third is the influence that the General Staff was able to exert on the development of British strategic policy before both the First and the Second World Wars. In particular, the book looks at the evolution of the General Staff's attitude towards the possibility that Britain might have to commit a mass army to the continent to fight in alliance with the French. Scarce.