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Warfare State: Britain, 1920–1970 Paperback – 8 Dec 2005

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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (8 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521672317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521672313
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Professor Edgerton has set himself a major task, to give 'an alternative account' of British history in the twentieth century … This is a truly challenging study which should become required reading for historians of twentieth century Britain.' Contemporary Review

' … a highly detailed study, fiercely integrated with a raft of secondary work, which sustains a number of very broad conclusions with wide application: to the history of the British state; to the history of science and technology; and to the writing of history more generally.' Cultural and Social History

'Michael Rustin 'Edgerton's well documented account of the place of warfare within the British state invites further rethinking of its nature and evolution'. Political Quarterly

'This is a book that will feature on lists of essential reading for students of war.' War in History

'Warfare State strikes an orthodoxy dead … one suspects that this book will have as fundamental an impact [as John Brewer's work on the 'fiscal-military state']' International History Review

'…well worth reading by anyone interested in war and the state generally, not only in their 20th-century British manifestations.' International Journal

'A fundamental reappraisal of British economic policy, performance, and institutions is now gathering pace. Edgerton's work has long been an inspirational part of that reappraisal. This, his latest, book is without doubt the most important single contribution to the new historiography of twentieth-century Britain.' Alan Booth, Business History Review

'… his book will certainly have an impact among historians …' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'This book asks fundamentally important questions about how we construct our understandings of the recent British past and contributes to a significant rethinking of British history.' History Today

'This powerful book by David Edgerton … is one to upset and unsettle a great many people …' Tribune

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This groundbreaking book challenges the central theme of the existing histories of twentieth-century Britain, that the British state was a welfare state. It argues that it was also a warfare state, which supported a powerful armaments industry, and analyses the relations of science, technology, industry and the military.

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