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Field Marshal Sir Henry WilsonA Political Soldier$
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Keith Jeffery

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239672.001.0001

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Defending the empire

Defending the empire

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Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson


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In the immediate aftermath of the war, both as a confidante of the Prime Minister and as professional head of the army, Henry Wilson continued to play a central role in the policy-making process. He began to worry about future military commitments as the internal political turmoil which had steadily undermined the German war effort now threatened to engulf the whole state. There was also the need for the military to supply post-war garrisons across the British empire, as well as armies of occupation. Although Wilson foresaw the establishment of a long-service voluntary army on the pre-war model, he also pressed for the continuance of conscription. After the signing of the Versailles peace treaty, David Lloyd George turned from foreign to domestic affairs. The prospect he had offered in the 1918 election campaign of domestic reconstruction and reform was underpinned by a fundamental democratisation of the British political system.

Keywords:   policy making, British empire, conscription, army, election, David Lloyd George, democratisation, peace treaty

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