Book Review-‘The Royal Navy: A history since 1900’ by Duncan Redford and Philip D. Grove

By Jeremy Black, published November 2020

Abstract

This is a largely successful and scholarly narrative of British naval history since 1900, albeit one marred by the poor production values of the publisher. However, the chronological approach poses disadvantages. By taking such an approach, the authors make it is less easy to probe continuities and discontinuities in geopolitical challenges, technological issues, and political pressures. There is also a somewhat limited not to say inadequate approach to the wider contexts of British strategic possibilities. The authors may bewail ‘financial parsimony’ (p. 3), but do not engage adequately with the full range of military and non-military commitments facing successive governments…

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Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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