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The Politics of Veteran Benefits in the Twentieth CenturyA Comparative History$
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Martin Crotty, Neil J. Diamant, and Mark Edele

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501751639

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501751639.001.0001

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The Politically Weak

The Politically Weak

(p.93) Chapter 4 The Politically Weak
The Politics of Veteran Benefits in the Twentieth Century

Martin Crotty

Neil J. Diamant

Mark Edele

Cornell University Press

This chapter investigates the cases of victory and defeat and explains what politically influential veterans were able to produce to secure benefits and rights. It focuses on China after its long period of war and civil war that ended in 1949, the United Kingdom after both world wars, the United States after World War I, and the USSR after World War II. It analyses the cases wherein veterans had little or limited success in securing meaningful social and political status. The chapter identifies factors that determine the veterans' status, where it is victory or defeat, or authoritarian versus democratic systems of government. It discusses the political process and the attempts to convert claims into entitlements in order to explain the negative outcomes for the veterans of victorious armies.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, China, World War I, USSR, World War II, veteran rights, veteran benefits, victory, defeat, United States

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