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Going to War

British Debates from Wilberforce to Blair


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Philip Towle
    Pages 1-10
  3. Philip Towle
    Pages 11-23
  4. Philip Towle
    Pages 24-39
  5. Philip Towle
    Pages 40-55
  6. Philip Towle
    Pages 56-67
  7. Philip Towle
    Pages 68-79
  8. Philip Towle
    Pages 80-101
  9. Philip Towle
    Pages 102-115
  10. Philip Towle
    Pages 116-131
  11. Philip Towle
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  12. Philip Towle
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  13. Philip Towle
    Pages 156-165
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 166-227

About this book


Going to War overturns conventional views of the role of public opinion, the armed forces, parliamentarians, NGOs and writers in the formation of British debates about impending wars. It shows the pressures and the reasons which have led to Britain's involvement in so many conflicts.


Anglican Church conflict media parliament

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre of International StudiesUniversity of CambridgeUK

About the authors

PHILIP TOWLE has worked for the Australian National University in Canberra and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has taught in the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University, UK since 1980 and was previously its Director. This is his twelfth book on International History and Security.

Bibliographic information


' It is not easy in a thousand words to do justice to Philip Towle's latest book ... it offers a rich and often absorbing account of decisions to go to war made by British governments over the last 200 years. It is a taut book, written with remarkable economy [yet] the ground covered is extensive and his survey is typified by wide knowledge and a searching fairness.'

- Hugh Berrington, RUSI Journal