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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century$
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Judith Brown and Wm Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205647.001.0001

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‘Deceptive Might’: Imperial Defence and Security, 1900–1968

‘Deceptive Might’: Imperial Defence and Security, 1900–1968

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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century


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This chapter examines the Imperial defence of the British Empire. It is specifically devoted to the defence of the Empire before the Second World War and the revolution in technology that occurred during and after the war. The Committee for Imperial defence, if not able to create an Imperial general staff, was able to co-ordinate preparatory work and to ensure standardization of equipment and training. All the Dominions agreed that the defence of the metropole was paramount. If the metropole fell, the Dominions could not long survive. The defence of both the metropole and Empire depended upon sea power. A discussion on foreign and defence policies to 1939, internal security 1918–1939, and defence and security after 1945 is presented as well.

Keywords:   British Empire, Imperial defence, security, Second World War, Committee, Dominions, metropole, foreign policies, defence policies

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