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#GreatBritain #BritishEmpire #WWI #Politics #SplendidIsolation 'Splendid Isolation: Britain and the balance of power 1874-1914' by John Charmley (1999). This is well worth a read, especially the third section that looks at the origins of Britain joining WWI in 1914 I have long held that Britain joining WWI in 1914 and, especially, raising a mass army, against all British naval tradition, was the 'original sin' of Great Britain and her Dominions and Empire. Charmley took a good deal of flak from those who think Britain's decline was inevitable (and it was if you spend most of the nations, and the Dominions, wealth and talent and belief in itself in WWI and then bankrupt the nation totally as an ally of the Soviets and the USA in WWII; the one hating you and the other, often, disliking you as a rival) Those who believe in the 'Britain maintaining the balance of power in Europe' myth, including the many Churchill fanboys, and, of course, those who hate the Old Commonwealth and Empire and anything it ever stood for (all three of those groups are far from unrelated in British-Commonwealth academia, etc). Interestingly almost none of these people, however academically qualified, has any understanding of anything military and, especially, naval policy, indeed even John Charmley, much as I mostly agree with him in the third section of the book, does not totally get it.

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#GreatBritain #BritishEmpire #WWI #Politics #SplendidIsolation 'Splendid Isolation: Britain and the balance of power 1874-1914' by John Charmley (1999). This is well worth a read, especially the third section that looks at the origins of Britain joining WWI in 1914 I have long held that Britain joining WWI in 1914 and, especially, raising a mass army, against all British naval tradition, was the 'original sin' of Great Britain and her Dominions and Empire. Charmley took a good deal of flak from those who think Britain's decline was inevitable (and it was if you spend most of the nations, and the Dominions, wealth and talent and belief in itself in WWI and then bankrupt the nation totally as an ally of the Soviets and the USA in WWII; the one hating you and the other, often, disliking you as a rival) Those who believe in the 'Britain maintaining the balance of power in Europe' myth, including the many Churchill fanboys, and, of course, those who hate the Old Commonwealth and Empire and anything it ever stood for (all three of those groups are far from unrelated in British-Commonwealth academia, etc). Interestingly almost none of these people, however academically qualified, has any understanding of anything military and, especially, naval policy, indeed even John Charmley, much as I mostly agree with him in the third section of the book, does not totally get it.

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63 views · Feb 19th