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The Strategy of the Lloyd George Coalition, 1916–1918

David French


The popular image of the First World War is dominated by two misconceptions. The first holds that the war was an exercise in futility in which incompetent upper class generals callously sacrificed an entire generation of young men to no good purpose. The second holds that the debate about British strategic policy during the First World War was a gladiatorial contest between ‘brass hats’ (generals) and ‘frock coats’ (politicians). Historians, denied access for too long to the contemporary records of the private deliberations of policy makers, had been forced to follow both interpretations. This ... More

Keywords: First World War, futility, upper class generals, young men, gladiatorial contest, brass hats, generals, frock coats, politicians, policy makers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David French, author
University College, London
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