Britain’s Army at Home

Finnegan, Patrick and De Vore, Marc (2022) Britain’s Army at Home. In: Military Operation and Engagement in the Domestic Jurisdiction. Brill, pp. 210-240. ISBN 9789004468115, 9789004468122

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004468122_009

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Britain’s domestic use of military forces in non-combat roles, today known as military assistance to civil authorities, has evolved path dependently, over the longue durée, alongside its domestic security institutions and legal precedents. Viewed wholistically, this evolution can be described as parabolic. The mili-tary’s domestic role reached its apogee early, during Oliver Cromwell’s dictator-ship in 1655– 1657, when he divided civil authority between 15 major-generals. For the next two centuries, civilian leaders rolled back the military’s domestic prerogatives. By the 20th century, however, memories of 17th century abuses had faded such that the military again came to be regarded by politicians as a solution to emerging problems. The Emergency Powers Act, 1920 thus provided for the military’s use during strikes, and the Army and Navy later assumed new policing roles in the 1970s

Keywords:British Politics, Security Studies - Military & Strategic
Subjects:L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
L Social studies > L200 Politics
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V391 Military History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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