Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Conscription and the Attlee GovernmentsThe Politics and Policy of National Service 1945–1951$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

L. V. Scott

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204213.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 October 2021



(p.260) 10 Conclusion
Conscription and the Attlee Governments


Oxford University Press

Labour lost the general election of October 1951. The new Churchill administration pursued policies in foreign and defence affairs that in the main followed from, and were based on the same assumptions as those of the Atlee governments. The essentials of the National Service scheme remained the same, with the period of service fixed at two years, until in 1957 it was decided to phase out conscription altogether. For British defence and foreign policy the post-war period has been characterized as ‘the long retreat’. Even with a constantly rising level of economic growth, governments of all colours sought to accommodate diverging objectives.

Keywords:   Churchill administration, Atlee governments, National Service scheme, conscription, defence policy, foreign policy, post-war period

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .