The Old World Order, 1856–1956
Edited by Greg Kennedy
Routledge – 2007 – 352 pages
Series: Cass Military Studies
This new collection of essays, from leading British and Canadian scholars, presents an excellent insight into the strategic thinking of the British Empire.
It defines the main areas of the strategic decision-making process that was known as 'Imperial Defence'. The theme is one of imperial defence and defence of empire, so chapters will be historiographical in nature, discussing the major features of each key component of imperial defence, areas of agreement and disagreement in the existing literature on critical interpretations, introducing key individuals and positions and commenting on the appropriateness of existing studies, as well as identifying a raft of new directions for future research.
Introduction1. The Foreign Office and Defence of Empire, 1856–1918 2. The Foreign Office and Defence of Empire, 1919–19453. The Foreign Office and Defence of Empire, 1946–1956 4. The Treasury and Defence of Empire 5. The British Army and Defence of Empire, 1856–1956 6. RN and Defence of Empire, 1856–1918 7. RN and Defence of Empire, 1919–1956 8. Intelligence and Defence of Empire, 1856–1956 9. The Role of Religion and the Idea of Imperial Defence 10. Air Power and the Defence of Empire, 1918–1956 11. Imperial Defence and Propaganda, 1856–1956 12. The Dominions and Imperial Defence, 1856–1956 13. Afterword
Greg Kennedy is a Professor of Strategic Foreign Policy at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning monograph, Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the Far East, 1933-1939 (Frank Cass, 2002).