Cornhill Magazine,  1 (1860), 135–49.

Invasion Panics

[Matthew J Higgins]




National Efficiency, War, Railways, Transport

    Proposes that England should feel secure from the threat of invasion as there is a natural 'abundance of coal, iron, timber, and almost all other munitions of war', and 'railways intersect and encircle her on all sides' (135). During the 1795–1805 invasion panics the British army was 'a costly and not very useful toy, chiefly maintained for the diversion of royalty', but after organizational and tactical improvements it has now become 'an important national engine' (148–49).

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