The Royal Navy: A History Since 1900

The Royal Navy: A History Since 1900


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The Royal Navy: A History Since 1900 by Duncan Redford, Philip Grove

Since 1900, the Royal Navy has seen vast operational changes. This book tells the story, not just of victory and defeat, but also of how the Navy has adjusted to a century of rapid technological and social change. The extensive reforms made by Admiral Fisher at the dawn of the twentieth century saw the navy's nineteenth-century wooden fleet replaced with the latest modern technology – battleships (including the iconic dreadnoughts), aircraft carriers and submarines. In World War I and World War II, the navy played a central role, with unrestricted submarine warfare and supply blockades becoming an integral part of combat. However it was the development of nuclear and missile technology during the Cold War era which drastically changed the face of naval warfare - today the navy can launch sea-based strikes across thousands of miles to reach targets deep inland. This book places the wars and battles fought by the navy – from Jutland to the Falklands – within a wider context, looking at political, economic, social and cultural issues, as well as providing a thorough operational history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780767826
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 05/29/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Duncan Redford is Senior Research Fellow in Modern Naval History at the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), UK. He previously held a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowships at the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, University of Exeter and is the author of The Submarine: A Cultural History from the Great War to Nuclear Combat (I.B.Tauris).

Philip D. Grove is Senior Lecturer in the Strategic Studies Department at Britannia Royal Naval College. He has also taught at Plymouth University, RNEC Manadon, CTC RM Lympstone and has been a visiting lecturer at University Royal Naval Units (URNU) in the South of England and Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) units. He is the author of The Second World War: The War at Sea (with Mark J. Grove and Alastair Finlan) and The Battle of Midway.

Table of Contents

1. Fisher's Navy
2. WW1 to Jutland
3. WW1 after Jutland
4. The Interwar Period – Disarmament
5. The Interwar Period – Rearmament
6. WW2 – Home Waters and the Atlantic
7. WW2 – the Mediterranean
8. WW2 – the Far East
9. The Cold War 1945-1968
10. The Cold War and After 1968-2000
Epilogue: The War on Terror

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