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Income tax was raised for the first time during the wars against France, while in the 1920s the national debt was repaid by income and super tax payers, and by those estates rich enough to pay death duties. 45 The Cold War gradually developed after the Second World War came to a close. 46 Britain 20 Going to War had 902,000 men in its armed forces in 1953, compared with 695,000 mobilised by France, none by West Germany and 119,000 by Japan. It was only in the later 1950s that the manpower balance altered as Britain led the way in phasing out conscription.

In November 1939, when the fighting had hardly begun, he told the readers of the Fortnightly Review: The Church must guard and maintain those moral principles in the war itself. It must not hesitate, if occasion arises, to condemn the infliction of reprisals, or the bombing of civilian populations, by The Anglican Church and War 35 the military forces of its own nation. 49 In May 1941 he added: One of the most barbarous features in the whole war is the night bombing of non-combatants. 51 Whether they were a degradation of the spirit of the airmen is more questionable.

Bell was brave to raise the issue and to remind the government that intervention only had such widespread support if it continued to achieve a synthesis between morality and interest. The views on international affairs expressed during the two World Wars by Davidson, Lang, Bell and others may have been right or wrong, naïve or wise, prescient or short-sighted but collectively their willingness to voice their opinions represented a major change. The Church now believed that it had a duty to comment on political issues and particularly on war.

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