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A instruction manual of the Scottish Gaelic international focuses upon Gaelic cultural survival from the twelfth to the 18th centuries.

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Perhaps the most specific military acknowledgement that some form of European commitment might arise was in the field of anti-aircraft defence; but here the Army shared the RAF's assessment and the threat was perceived to be France. For the anti-aircraft defence of London planning was, in 1923, patterned on an Essex to Hampshire coastal observer zone of sound locators and of Observer Corps posts manned by part-time volunteers, an 'outer artillery' anti-aircraft gun area, a middle zone in which eight fighter squadrons were to intercept, and then an inner gun area in the inner suburbs.

But Indian political objection both against the use of the troops and over the cost of the Indian taxpayer increased. It could now be expressed in the legisla- 34 The British Empire as a Superpower ture and was used with some sympathy also by British Indian officials. The Middle Eastern commitments, apparently in conflict with Moslem peoples, aroused particular opposition. The recruitment of a second imperial army from the colonies of East and West Africa or from Arab territories was studied but the cost, the opposition of the Colonial Office and doubts on both the quality and availability of manpower led to abandonment.

Methods of diplomatic persuasion were to be tried, and tried again, before any resort to methods of assertion. British purposes in foreign policy were, in these contexts, to restore some form of local European and general global balances of power within which what would be in a later age be called mutually balanced force reductions might take place. Full diplomatic support for the League of Nations was pledged but as it became clear that any enforcement procedure called for by the League would be heavily dependent on British forces, British governments became increasingly cautious about any arrangements that might actually require British troops or ships.

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