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British Counterinsurgency
     

British Counterinsurgency

by John Newsinger
 

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British Counterinsurgency challenges the British Army's claim to counterinsurgency expertise. It provides well-written, accessible and up-to-date accounts of the post-1945 campaigns in Palestine, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, South Yemen, Dhofar, Northern Ireland and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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British Counterinsurgency challenges the British Army's claim to counterinsurgency expertise. It provides well-written, accessible and up-to-date accounts of the post-1945 campaigns in Palestine, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, South Yemen, Dhofar, Northern Ireland and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Examining the British political and military response to guerilla war and rebellion in Palestine, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, Aden, South Yemen, Oman, and Northern Ireland, Newsinger (history, Bath Spa University College) evaluates the relative successes and failures of British strategy. He argues that the largely celebratory literature of British military success is extremely overstated and that the key to understanding the achievement of British goals lay in the ability to establish a large enough political base among inhabitants prepared to assist in defeating insurgents. In short, he suggests, divide and rule remained the key to success in the wars that accompanied the end of the British Empire. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230298248
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
10/07/2015
Edition description:
2nd ed. 2015
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
1,193,099
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

John Newsinger is Professor of Modern History at Bath Spa University, UK, and is an acknowledged authority on George Orwell. He has published widely in a number of fields including British military and Imperial history. His books include Orwell's Politics and The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire. His work has been translated into French, Swedish, Portuguese and Italian.

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