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Facing the Second World War: Strategy, Politics, and Economics in Britain and France 1938-1940

Talbot C. Imlay


Covering the period from the late 1930s up to the spring of 1940, this book offers the first systematic comparison of how two countries, Britain and France, responded to the possibility and then reality of total war by examining developments in three dimensions: strategic, domestic political, and political economic. To date, studies of French and British policies during this period have focused almost exclusively on diplomatic and military events. Yet because 20th-century war demanded a massive effort on the part of nations and societies, its study requires a broader approach, one that encompa ... More

Keywords: total war, political parties, rearmament, economic mobilization, democratic regimes, capabilities for war, domestic factors, systemic factors, political economic regimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Talbot C. Imlay, author
Assistant Professor in History, Université Laval, Québec
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