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Pessimism and British War Policy, 1916-1918

1st Edition

By Brock Millman


336 pages

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This analysis of Britains war policy during the last years of the Great War argues that it was strongly affected by a mood of pessimism. The policy was revised after the defeats suffered by the allies in 1917, so much so that Britain almost "tumbled into peace" the following year.

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British Army Review:

"any student of the Great War will come away stimulated"


"a provocative study will require attention from all serious students of the war that shaped the 20th Century"

RUSI Journal

"an important work of revisionist history"

" an excellent in-depth analysis of the complexities of modern industrial war… give much food for thought to those trying to grasp their complexity"

- Journal of Military History

" Millman"s bold arguments makes for a stimulating book that moves the debate forward… an important contribution to the historiography of the first world war, the book deserves to be widely read."

- The International History Review

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HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security