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Defending the realm: The politics of Britains small wars since 1945

Aaron Edwards


Britain is often revered for its extensive experience of waging ‘small wars’. Its long imperial history is littered with high profile counter-insurgency campaigns, thus marking it out as the world's most seasoned practitioners of this type of warfare. Britain's ‘small wars’ ranged from fighting Communist insurgents in the bamboo-laden Malayan jungle, marauding Mau Mau gangs in Kenyan game reserves, Irish republican terrorists in the back alleys and rural hamlets of Northern Ireland, and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Helmand province. This is the first book to detail the tactical and operat ... More

Keywords: Britain, Strategy, Small wars, Decolonisation, Cold War, 9/11, Military intervention, Counter-insurgency, Counter-terrorism, Civil-military relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719084416
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719084416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Edwards, author