Warfare State

Pat Thane examines a publication on Britain in the 20th century and the military-industrial complex.

Pat Thane | Published in 15 Feb 2006
Warfare State
Britain, 1920-1970
David Edgerton
Cambridge University Press   364pp.  £45 (hb)
£19.99 (pb)    ISBN: 0521 672 317
This book argues that historians, and everyone else, have given too much prominence to ‘welfare’ in the history of the British state in the twentieth century and too little to warfare.

David Edgerton’s central argument is not that we should reject the term ‘welfare state’, but that we need to think of the modern British state in more complex and rounded terms and acknowledge the importance of warfare as well as welfare.

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