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Army, Empire, and Cold WarThe British Army and Military Policy, 1945-1971$
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David French

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.001.0001

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Conclusion: A Potemkin Army

Conclusion: A Potemkin Army

(p.301) Conclusion: A Potemkin Army
Army, Empire, and Cold War

David French

Oxford University Press

The American historian John Lewis Gaddis has suggested that during the Cold War the USSR practised what he called ‘Potemkinism’, a strategy he defined as ‘building just enough of a capability to create the illusion that much more lay behind it.’ This book argues that, given its limited combat capability, the same notion could be applied to the post‐war British army.

Keywords:   ‘Potemkinism’, British strategic culture, British army and the Cold War

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