Compulsory Service. A Study of the Question in the Light of Experience.

HAMILTON General Sir Ian.; HALDANE R.B.. introduction (1911.)


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Second reprint of the second edition. 8vo., cloth. London, John Murray.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper 'For Councillor Charles Wilson. From Ian Hamilton. Wednesday. December 16th. '42. 1 Hyde Park Gardens. W.2.'. Hamilton is remembered still for the disaster of the Dardanelles campaign, a British and French plan to invade Turkey in an attempt to gain the advantage over the Central Powers in the Great War. In 1915 Hamilton was recalled to Britain thus ending a military career which had begun in the 1870s. He saw action in both the First and Second Boer Wars, where he was injured and taken prisoner. One of Churchill's earliest books 'Ian Hamilton's March', relates how Hamilton travelled four hundred miles from Bloemfontein to Pretoria fighting ten major battles with Boer forces and fourteen skirmishes. Haldane, a Liberal politician who contributed the introduction, was Secretary of State for War between 1905 and 1912.

Questions were asked in Parliament when this book was published, some members of the House wanting assurance that the opinions against conscription expressed were not official policy.

Front cover spotted, bookplate roughly removed from front pastedown.

Stock Code: 221904

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