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The Resource Britain's war machine : weapons, resources, and experts in the Second World War, David Edgerton

Britain's war machine : weapons, resources, and experts in the Second World War, David Edgerton

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Britain's war machine : weapons, resources, and experts in the Second World War
Title
Britain's war machine
Title remainder
weapons, resources, and experts in the Second World War
Statement of responsibility
David Edgerton
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on German might. David Edgerton's bold, compelling new history shows the conflict in a new light, with Britain as a very wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests, and in command of a global production system. Rather than belittled by a Nazi behemoth, Britain arguably had the world's most advanced mechanized forces. It had not only a great empire, but allies large and small. Edgerton shows that Britain fought on many fronts and its many home fronts kept it exceptionally well supplied with weapons, food and oil, allowing it to mobilize to an extraordinary extent. It created and deployed a vast empire of machines, from the humble tramp steamer to the battleship, from the rifle to the tank, made in colossal factories the world over. Scientists and engineers invented new weapons, encouraged by a government and prime minister enthusiastic about the latest technologies. The British, indeed Churchillian, vision of war and modernity was challenged by repeated defeat at the hands of less well-equipped enemies. Yet the end result was a vindication of this vision. Like the United States, a powerful Britain won a cheap victory, while others paid a great price. Putting resources, machines and experts at the heart of a global rather than merely imperial story, Britain's War Machine demolishes timeworn myths about wartime Britain and gives us a groundbreaking and often unsettling picture of a great power in action"--
  • "The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on German might. David Edgerton's bold, compelling new history shows the conflict in a new light, with Britain as a very wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests, and in command of a global production system. Rather than belittled by a Nazi behemoth, Britain arguably had the world's most advanced mechanized forces. It had not only a great empire, but allies large and small. Edgerton shows that Britain fought on many fronts and its many home fronts kept it exceptionally well supplied with weapons, food and oil, allowing it to mobilize to an extraordinary extent. It created and deployed a vast empire of machines, from the humble tramp steamer to the battleship, from the rifle to the tank, made in colossal factories the world over. Scientists and engineers invented new weapons, encouraged by a government and prime minister enthusiastic about the latest technologies. The British, indeed Churchillian, vision of war and modernity was challenged by repeated defeat at the hands of less well-equipped enemies. Yet the end result was a vindication of this vision. Like the United States, a powerful Britain won a cheap victory, while others paid a great price."--
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Edgerton, David
Dewey number
940.54/0941
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D759
LC item number
.E44 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Industrial mobilization
  • Military art and science
Label
Britain's war machine : weapons, resources, and experts in the Second World War, David Edgerton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 385-420) and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Assurance of Victory -- 3. Never Alone -- 4. Cronies and Technocrats -- 5. Politics and Production -- 6. Sons of the Sea -- 7. Worlds of War -- 8. Boffins -- 9. Machines and Modernities
Control code
ocn704381149
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 445 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780199832675
Isbn Type
(hbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011025596
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)704381149
Label
Britain's war machine : weapons, resources, and experts in the Second World War, David Edgerton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 385-420) and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Assurance of Victory -- 3. Never Alone -- 4. Cronies and Technocrats -- 5. Politics and Production -- 6. Sons of the Sea -- 7. Worlds of War -- 8. Boffins -- 9. Machines and Modernities
Control code
ocn704381149
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 445 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780199832675
Isbn Type
(hbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2011025596
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)704381149

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