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Conscription and the Attlee Governments: The Politics and Policy of National Service 1945–1951

L. V. Scott


This book studies conscription in the years immediately following the Second World War, when for the first time Britain introduced conscription. The book examines the military reasoning behind conscription, and then shows how opposition to National Service grew in the changing economic circumstances of post-war Britain. It 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 g ... More

Keywords: conscription, Second World War, National Service, post-war Britain, party politics, Labour Party, National Service Act, Attlee governments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198204213
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. V. Scott, author
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth