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Title: The influence of the Treasury on British rearmament, 1932-1939
Author: Peden, George Cameron
ISNI:       0000 0003 6772 9384
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 1976
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This thesis is an attempt to give an account of the influence of the Treasury on the decisions end actions of the Cabinet and the defence departments in the year a 1932-39. The measure of 'influence' is taken to be the extent to which the Treasury caused ministers or departments to depart from courses which they otherwise would have followed regarding rearmament. The thesis is concerned with the direct effects of the interplay of different departmental policies in Whitehall, and is not intended to be a complete account of rearmament. For reasons of time and space it waa decided to omit measures which were the responsibility of civil departments, although some of these, such as air raid precautions and food storage, were very important preparations for war. The thesis concentrates on the Treasury's relationship with the three defence departments because it is that relationship which has aroused most controversy. Most accounts of Britain's readiness for war in 1939, particularly those accounts which deal with only one service, contain a reference to 'Treaaury meanness' as one reason why preparation had been inadequate. It has also been suggested that civilians in the Treasury, notably Mr. Neville Chamberlain, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1931-57, and Sir Warren Fisher, Permanent Secretary of the Treasury and official Head of the Civil Service, exerted great influence on defence policy, and an examination of that influence, and of how it waa exercised, seemed a worthwhile contribution to historical knowledge.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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