How many countries have the British invaded?

So, if you were to guess what percent of current countries in the world the British have invaded at some point in their history, would you guess…

  1. 10%
  2. 25%
  3. 60%
  4. 90%

If you guessed 90%, you would be correct, according to historian Stuart Laycock in his new book All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded.       Of course, the author uses a pretty expansive definition of invasion, including the use of military force and the threat of force (official state-sponsored invasions) plus “invasions” by armed explorers and pirate attacks so long as those groups were operating with support of the British government.

The news article this story comes from has a neat map of the countries the British have invaded…and 21 of the 22 countries they never got around to (yet).

Personally, I want to see the map of “official” military versus pirate invasions – that would be cool!


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