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The British Commonwealth and Victory in the Second World War

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Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Iain E. Johnston-White
    Pages 1-28
  3. ‘Give Us the Stuff Just the Same’: The Dominions and British War Finance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-30
    2. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 31-38
    3. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 39-46
    4. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 47-61
    5. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 63-76
    6. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 77-86
    7. Back Matter
      Pages 87-89
  4. ‘Only the Air Force Can Win It’: The British Commonwealth Air Training Schemes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-95
    2. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 97-105
    3. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 107-121
    4. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 123-134
    5. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 135-142
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 143-148
  5. ‘We Are a Maritime Commonwealth’: The Dominions and British Maritime Power, 1939–1945

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-151
    2. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 153-174
    3. Iain E. Johnston-White
      Pages 175-182
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 197-199

About this book

Introduction

This book is the first comprehensive study of the British Commonwealth in the Second World War. Britain and its Dominions, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, formed the most durable, cooperative and interchangeable alliance of the war. Iain E. Johnston-White looks in depth at how the Commonwealth war effort was financed, the training of airmen for the air war, the problems of seaborne supply and the battles fought in North Africa. Fully one third of the ‘British’ effort originated in the Dominions, a contribution that was only possible through the symbiotic relationship that Britain maintained with its former settler-colonies. This cooperation was based upon a mutual self-interest that was largely maintained throughout the war. In this book, Johnston-White offers a fundamental reorientation in our understanding of British grand strategy in the Second World War.

Keywords

World War Two North Africa Dominions Settler colonies Empire

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International PoliticsAberystwyth UniversityAberystwythUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Iain E. Johnston-White is a Lecturer in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. He has previously held positions at Sciences Po, Paris and the Houses of Parliament.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The British Commonwealth and Victory in the Second World War
  • Authors Iain E. Johnston-White
  • Series Title Studies in Military and Strategic History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Military and Strategic History
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58917-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-58916-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95859-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-58917-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 319
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    History of Military
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Reviews

“His book is based on extensive archival research in five different countries across four different continents, which is an incredible feat. I wholeheartedly recommend it to readers, both expert and general.” (Jatinder Mann, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 33 (1), 2021)

“Reading The British Commonwealth and Victory in the Second World War would be more beneficial to those who are studying the decline of the British Empire than to those who want to learn about the Second World War. The strengths of the work lay in its insights into the relationships between the UK and the Dominions.” (Brad, Canadian Military History, Vol. 28 (1), 2019)