Introduction: The Invasion Issue

  • K. W. Mitchinson
Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)


The threat of invasion from across the Channel or the North Sea was a consistent cause of worry to the authorities of the British Isles from the Roman to Victorian eras. Whether real or imagined, this fear had scored deeply into the psyche of the British people and, at times, what amounted to almost popular xenophobic paranoia compelled Governments to follow policies which by preference they might rather have rejected. Additional expenditure on the army and navy might have satisfied the alarmed citizenry, but administrations were forced to cut back on other projects or massage existing budgets to protect against the perceived danger.


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