DEFENDING THE REALM?
The Politics of Britain’s Small Wars Since 1945

AARON EDWARDS
304pp ILLUS 2012 LIST PRICE: £75.00 S356

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Britain is often revered for its extensive experience of waging 'small wars', with a long imperial history littered with counter-insurgency campaigns. This book details the tactical and operational dynamics of Britain's small wars, arguing that the military's use of force was more heavily constrained by strategic and political considerations than previously admitted. Outlining the civil-military strategy followed in Palestine, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, Aden, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, Edwards argues that Britain's small wars since 1945 were fought against the backdrop of an irrevocable decline in her power. He shows how the initial absence of an overarching end goal has been the signature piece of most of these conflicts.