The ‘New Navalism’ and the British Navy League, 1895-1914
At the end of the 19th. Century a concern felt in certain circles was that the Admiralty and the Navy existed in a post-Trafalgar euphoric stupor, seemingly unaware that other navies, although unable to match the Royal Navy numerically, were busy building capital warships. In this article W. Mark Hamilton traces the response to these threats and how such noted figures as Henry Spenser Wilkinson, H. 0. Arnold-Forster, and Admiral Lord Charles Beresford with many others harnessed the enormous amount of latent love, respect and support the British Public had for the Royal Navy to achieve their goals – Most notably: ‘We Want Eight, And We Won’t Wait!’.