Britain"s war machine

weapons, resources, and experts in the Second World War
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Oxford University Press , Oxford, New York
History, Industrial mobilization, Military History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Equipment, Weapons systems, Technology, World War, 1939-1945, Military art and science, Technological innovations, HISTORY / Military / World War II, Armed F
StatementDavid Edgerton
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LC ClassificationsD759 .E44 2011
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
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Open LibraryOL24886117M
ISBN 139780199832675
LC Control Number2011025596

Jokes aside, Britain's war machine is an insightful and at times, brilliant read. Read more. 8 people found this helpful. Report abuse. VinceReeves. out of 5 stars Fascinating revisionist history. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on J Verified by:   An excellent book presenting an entirely different view to the "poor, little Britain, all alone" version of the Second World War.

The thesis, which I found very convincing, is that Britain was always going to "win" the war militarily and far from being poorly equipped was better equipped than Germany -and in a better position to fight a war/5(47).

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Britain's War Machine is a considerable achievement."--Graham Farmelo, Times Higher Education "Edgerton has excelled himself with this highly revisionist account of Britain's national performance during the Second World War [A]n unusually provocative book."- /5(47).

GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 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 sitting at the heart of a global production system.

The British War Machine is too wide-ranging for me to do it justice in this short review, but it is basically a top-level industrial and economic overview of Britain in World War Two. Edgerton presents a revisionist take on Britain's global position, convincingly arguing that the U.K.

never stood alone against Germany/5. Now, in Britain's War Machine, he dismisses Barnett as a "declinist" and does not engage with his detailed arguments at all, yet the whole book is.

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.

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Rather than belittled by a Nazi behemoth, Britain arguably 3/5(3). Like the United States, a powerful Britain won a cheap victory, while others paid a great g 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.

Britain's War Machine is a stimulating exercise in muscular revisionism. Yet I feel at times that Edgerton – an outstanding historian of science and technology – distorts the nature of war.

Buy Britain's War Machine: Weapons, Resources and Experts in the Second World War 1st Edition by Edgerton, David (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders/5(60). GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on Britains war machine book 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 sitting at the heart of a global production system.

One of the main arguments in this book is the importance of modernisation to the British idea of war. Edgerton successfully portrays Britain as a modern nation, where the ideas and wisdom of scientists are accepted by the government in order to perfect Britain’s war machine.

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 /5(4). He is the author of a sequence of ground-breaking books in 20th century British history: Science, Technology and the British Industrial 'Decline', ; Warfare State: Britain, ; as well as Britain's War Machine, and England and the Aeroplane, both published by Penguin/5(40).

Edgerton’s new book, Britain’s War Machine, takes exception to the notion the United Kingdom was isolated, defeatist or weak at any point in the six years of war. Edgerton’s well-researched volume bursts with data that reveal Britain’s true strength even when supposed to be in critical condition.

GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEARThe 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 sitting at the heart of a global production British, indeed.

GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEARThe 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 sitting at the heart of a global production British, 3/5(3).

The book covers the military actions in Norway and the Middle East against Rommel in this early phase of the war. The Todman book is the first in a two set series which will cover Great Britain's participation in World War II. The text is dry and reads like a textbook. It does have good maps and a fine bibliography and photos from the period/5(78).

Britain's War Machine is a considerable achievement and could well win prizes - if it is given the chance. The Author. David Edgerton was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and lived there and briefly in Argentina until he when his family came to the UK.

"For years I missed the food and the weather, but both have improved in Britain. The premise of the book is that Britain was not in danger of losing the second world war (even In June ) because of Britain's great wealth, the empire and its technological superiority over Germany.

I do not find the arguments very convincing. Edgerton never really explains Britain's terrible military performance in the early part of the war/5(17). This is truly an eye-opening book that explodes the masochistic myth of poor little Britain, revealing the island as a proud power with the resources needed to fight and win a world war (Nigel Jones Spectator) Masterful Britain's War Machine promotes the notion that the United Kingdom of the Forties was a superpower, with access to millions of.

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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. In his excellent book, Britain's War Machine: Weapons, Resources and Experts in the Second World War (Oxford University Press, ), David Edgerton is all about this crucial non-military part of Britain's war with Germany, and it sets about challenges perceptions almost from the front page.

His argument is that Britain was actually far more. Britain's War Machine PDF/EPUB É Britain's War PDF \ GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEARThe 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 sitting at the hea.

Like the United States, a powerful Britain won a cheap victory, while others paid a great price. Britain's War Machine, by putting resources, machines and experts at the heart of a global rather than merely imperial story, demolishes some of the most cherished myths about wartime Britain and gives us a very different and often unsettling.

GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR. 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 sitting at the heart of a global production system.

Get this from a library. Britain's war machine: weapons, resources and experts in the Second World War. [David Edgerton] -- David Edgerton's narrative shows an unfamiliar Britain of weapon systems, military scientists, and colossal factories which seemed to make British victory certain.

The actual course of war. Britain's War Machine might be considered the anti-Gosford Park view of Britain. Edgerton's Britain is not a quaint land of outdated traditions, left.

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GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR. 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 sitting at the heart of a global production s: Edgerton followed up this study with a book concentrating on the British warfare state in the World War II period, Britain's war machine.

Rather than a comprehensive history of Britain's war effort, the book focuses on particular aspects of that effort, and makes a number of contentions, among the most important the following.Masterful Britain's War Machine promotes the notion that the United Kingdom of the Forties was a superpower, with access to millions of men across the globe, and forming the heart of a global production network * Mail on Sunday * Britain's War Machine offers the boldest revisionist argument that seeks to overturn some of our most treasured assumptions about Britain's role in the war.