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Big Wars and Small Wars: The British Army and the Lessons of War in the 20th Century (Routledge Series: Military History and Policy) Paperback – 30 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (30 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415545048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415545044
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 805,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All Souls College, Oxford University, UK --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catholic reader on 25 April 2014
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I found this book, of a wide ranging introduction and seven essays on how the figting of various 'small wars' - colonial police actions; The Boer war; Northern Ireland;The Falklands; The Malayan emergency; the initial stages of the Cold War and a commitment to Europe; and its one other 'big war' - Gulf 1, had affected the armies developmentt, or lack of development of doctrine - as opposed to an all encompassing 'flexibility'. And how the need to deal with each crisis and war affected its perfromance in the next conflcit, including possibly restricting its initial abilities in World War I and World War II. The book does presuppose a considerable degree of familiarity with British 20th Centuary military history - but could also be seen as a generic 'managing' or failing to mange 'change' type of book on a wider level too. The essays are well written and thought provoking, questioning perceived wisdoms - some of which were taken for granted for a considerable part of my lifetime. Perhaps a bit too much for only 'military history anoracks', but from that point of view, quite stimulating
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