Archive Results For: Interwar

Book Review-‘Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, economics, and the rise of American naval power, 1881–1921’by P. E. Pedisich

By Harold N. Boyer

Pedisich (former Admiral Stephen B. Luce Chair of Naval Strategy, US Naval War College) has written a legislative history of the US Navy from the Progressive Era of American history to just after the end of the First World War. The navy, in the period from the end of the Civil War in 1865 until […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | American Revolution | American Civil War | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-’21st Century Corbett: Maritime strategy and naval policy for the modern era’ ed. by Andrew Lambert

By Richard Harding

There will be few readers who do not know the name Sir Julian Stafford Corbett (1854–1922). He was one of the most influential civilian writers on maritime strategy in the early years of the twentieth century. Trained as a lawyer, extremely well connected and wealthy, he as able to devote himself to the study of […] Read More

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

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

By Jeremy Black

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 […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Battleships of the Bismarck Class’ by Gerhard Koop and Klaus-Peter Schmolke

By Eric C. Rust

This is not a new book. Originally published in Germany in 1990 as part of a series on the technical features of Kriegsmarine capital ships, it was brought out in English in a hardback translation in 1998 by the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis and most recently in paperback in its current version. In the […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘To Sea in a Sailing Ship: A celebration of the Golden Age of Sail from the diaries and photographs of Mary Lang, girl sailor of the 1930s’ by Sue Vader (ed.)


Mary Lang was an adventurous young Australian who made two voyages as a passenger in deep water sail in the 1930s, both of them in Finnish four-masted barques. The first passage was in the L’Avenir, with Captain Nils Erikson, from Australia to England, during which she rounded Cape Horn, and the second was the return […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘America’s Black Sea Fleet: The US Navy amidst war and revolution, 1919–1923’ by Robert Shenk

By Evan Mawdsley

The aftermath of the First World War in Asia Minor and southern Russia eerily anticipates current events. Nevertheless what happened then is certainly little remembered outside the region. The defeat of the Ottoman Empire in October 1918 was followed by five years of cruel conflict and ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Anatolia and elsewhere. The opening of […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Colonial Naval Culture and British Imperialism, 1922–67’ by D. O. Spence

By Stevan Gray

In the Oxford History of the British Empire, published in 1999, Barry M. Gough suggested that ‘the general linkage of navy to empire continues to escape historians’. Since this statement, little appears to have changed, and the oceanic nature of the British Empire is rarely acknowledged for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Furthermore, very few […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘British Aircraft Carriers: Design, development and service histories’ by D. Hobbs

By Eric Grove

Commander David Hobbs is a very well known expert on naval aviation, being a distinguished practitioner in the field as well as an author of well-regarded and important books and articles on the subject. He is also a former curator of the Fleet Air Arm Museum and has been a prominent member of the Society […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Naval Aviation | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review – ‘‘C’ Class Destroyers’ by David Hobbs

By John A. Rodgaard

Commander Hobbs’s latest work is about the Royal Navy’s last mass-produced class of destroyers built toward the end of the Second World War and through the immediate postwar years. They were collectively known as the C class destroyers. Thirty-two ships of the class were built, and they were divided into four groups. They represented the last batch […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘Command Decisions: Langsdorff and the battle of the River Plate’ by David Miller

By Eric C. Rust

David Miller has published 70 books, including four in 2001 alone. Chances are that some of his works are better written and more solidly researched than others. His retelling of the German pocket-battleship Admiral Graf Spee’s operations in the southern oceans at the outset of the Second World War, spotlighting the plight of its commanding officer […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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