Bureaucracy and the Armada: The Administrator’s Battle

By Ronald Pollitt, published May 1974


The various aspects of the bureaucracy to prepare the Navy for action against the Armada are carefully and separately considered. The three main aspects were: supplying the ships and the men, and supplying the victuals and stores. The costs of the operation are also examined. The composition of the fleet is noted; Royal ships are outnumbered by armed merchantmen and merchant supply ships in the ratio of 1:3. Manpower is similarly examined. It is concluded that the bureaucracy of the state was therefore instrumental in the defeat of the Armada.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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