Lloyd George at War, 1916-1918

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Anthem Press, 2009 - History - 420 pages
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'Lloyd George at War, 1916-1918' provides a much needed re-evaluation of this charismatic prime minister's wartime leadership. Calling on a wide range of primary sources and focussing on Lloyd George's role in the war cabinet, Cassar compellingly argues that George's reputation as the "man who won the war" was wholly unmerited. Instead Cassar shows that Lloyd George's heavy handed leadership was often detrimental to the Allied cause. From his wholehearted support for the disastrous Nivelle offensive, to his pursuit of a peripheral strategy that diverted troops away from the critical theatre of war on the Western Front, Cassar shows that Lloyd George consistently bucked the advice of his generals in preference for ineffectual and dangerous military strategies. Cassar's approach also differs from that of other studies of Lloyd George by adopting a thematic approach in preference to a chronological narrative, thereby allowing a closer evaluation of Lloyd George's handling of complex issues.

 

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Contents

Setting the Stage
1
The Home Front
18
The First Attempt at a Unified Command
101
Robertson far Left and Lloyd George seated on far right
171
Lloyd George Smuts and Hankey in Paris November 1918
171
The Creation of the Supreme War Council
171
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219
Crisis on the Western Front
245
The Turn of the Tide
311
19
325
21
335
Conclusion
343
57
355
139
366
171
381
Bibliography
399

The Maurice Aifair
261
The German Advance Halted
297

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About the author (2009)

George H. Cassar is Professor of Military and Modern European History at Eastern Michigan University and a leading authority on Britain at war.

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