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Published: 13 July 2017

264 Pages


ISBN: 9780198805199

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The Fear of Invasion

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

David G. Morgan-Owen

  • Presents a new interpretation of how strategy was formed in Britain on the eve of the First World War
  • By focusing on the independent yet related policies of the Army and Navy, it demonstrates how the two interacted and affected each other
  • Argues that inconsistent political attempts to control strategy exerted a considerable effect upon the two services and set the conditions for how Britain fought the First World War
  • Demonstrates how home defence was central to this process, and how the government subordinated the Navy to a defensive role in order to support the dispatch of the British Expeditionary Force to Europe
  • Shows how this created a crisis at the Admiralty, as the Navy came to view a German invasion as realistic and even likely in the event of war

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