Development of British Naval Thinking: Essays in Memory of Bryan Ranft

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In this book, Britain's leading naval historians and analysts have come together to produce an investigation of the development of British naval thinking over the last three centuries, from the sailing ship era to the current day. It will describe the beginnings of formalised thought about the conduct of naval operations in the eighteenth century, its transformation through the impact of industrialisation in the nineteenth century and its application in the two world wars of the twentieth. The book concludes with a review of modern British naval thinking and the appearance of naval doctrine against the uncertainties of the loss of empire, the Cold War, nuclear weapons and the huge changes facing us as we move in to the new millennium. How perceptive and distinctive was British naval thinking? Where did British ideas come from? Did they determine or merely follow British experience? Do they explain British naval success? The contributors to this volume will try to answer all such questions in a book that should be of considerable interest to the maritime community around the English-speaking world.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors     xi
Foreword   Sir Julian Oswald, GCB     xiii
Acknowledgements     xvi
Introduction: British naval thinking: a contradiction in terms?   Geoffrey Till     1
The idea of naval strategy in Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries   N.A.M. Rodger     19
The development of education in the Royal Navy: 1854-1914   Andrew Lambert     34
Corbett and the emergence of a British school?   Geoffrey Till     60
1914-18: the proof of the pudding   Andrew Gordon     89
Richmond and the faith reaffirmed: British naval thinking between the wars   Geoffrey Till     103
All sorts of wars: British naval thinking and technology in the Second World War   Jock Gardner     134
British naval thinking in the nuclear age   Richard Hill     160
The discovery of doctrine: British naval thinking at the close of the twentieth century   Eric Grove     182
Epilogue: Professor Bryan McLaren Ranft   Geoffrey Till     192
Bibliography     195
Index     208
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