The Fear of Invasion

- Strategy, Politics, and British War Planning, 1880-1914

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The Fear of Invasion
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
13-07-2017
Sprog:
Engelsk
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The Fear of Invasion presents a new interpretation of British preparation for War before 1914. It argues that protecting the British Isles from invasion was the foundation upon which all other plans for the defence of the Empire were built up. Home defence determined the amount of resources available for other tasks and the relative focus of the Army and Navy, as both played an important role in preventing an invasion. As politicians were reluctant toprepare for offensive British participation in a future war, home defence became the means by which the government contributed to an ill-defined British 'grand' strategy. The Royal Navy formed the backbone of British defensive preparations. However, after 1905 the Navy came to view the threat of a German invasion of the British Isles as a far more credible threat than is commonly realised. As the Army became more closely associated with operations in France, the Navy thus devoted an ever-greater amount of time and effort to safeguarding the vulnerable east coast. In this manner preventing an invasion came to exert a 'very insidious' effect on the Navy by theoutbreak of War in 1914. This book explains how and why this came to pass, and what it can tell us about the role of government in forming strategy.

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Udgivelsesdato:
13-07-2017
ISBN13:
9780198805199
Vægt:
550 g
Dybde:
22 mm
Bredde:
168 mm
Højde:
237 mm
Format:
Hardback
Bibliotekernes beskrivelse In this new study of the lead-up to the Great War, David G. Morgan-Owen deals with an aspect of the war seldom discussed for the simple reason that it never actually came to pass: a German invasion of the United Kingdom. Morgan-Owen makes the case that this fear of invasion played a central role in the formation of British strategy.PRIZES:Winner of Winner of the 2017 Templer Medal Best First Book Prize, awarded by The Society for Army Historical Research.

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