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The Fear of Invasion: Strategy, Politics, and British War Planning, 1880-1914

David G. Morgan-Owen


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 and that defensive concerns played a crucial role in shaping British preparations for war before 1914. The requirements of home defence were a crucial factor in the distribution of military strength across the Empire, and determined the relative priorities of the Army and Navy—both of which played an important role in preventing an invasion. As politician ... More

Keywords: strategy, First World War, Royal Navy, British Army, military history, naval history, grand strategy, invasion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198805199
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David G. Morgan-Owen, author
Lecturer in Defence Studies, King's College London