Archive Results For: Post WW2

Book Review-’21st Century Knox: Influence, sea power, and history for the modern era’ by D. Kohnen

By Geoffery Till

The latest in an agreeable series by the US Naval Institute Press which aims to emphasize the modern salience of the luminaries of the US Navy and Marine Corps at the start of the twentieth century, 21st Century Knox does exactly ‘what it says on the tin’. Its editor is a historian in his own […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘Toward a New Maritime Strategy: American naval thinking in the post-Cold War era’ by Harold N. Boyer

By Harold N. Boyer

In writing about US naval strategy from 1989 to 2007, Captain Haynes (Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, US Special Operations Command) has provided an intellectual history from the supposed end of the Cold War in 1989 to October 2007, that saw the adoption of ‘A Cooperative Strategy for 21st-Century Seapower’ by the US.Navy. […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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 – ‘Aircraft Carriers of the United States Navy: Rare photographs from wartime archives’ by David Bowen

By David Bowen

This is a pictorial history of the development of the US Navy’s aircraft carriers – from a converted collier in 1922 to the nuclear powered ‘Super-Carriers’ of today – from carrying bi- planes to unmanned stealth jets. It focuses on the deployment of carriers during the Second World War and covers their development before and […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2 | Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Naval Aviation | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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-‘Cold War Command: The dramatic story of a nuclear submariner’ by Richard Woodman and Dan Conley

By David Bowen

This is the story of the service career of Captain Dan Conley written with the assistance of the historian and author Captain Richard Woodman. Conley’s career spanned the transition of the Submarine Service from the simple, cramped, hard-pressed and hard-worked Second World War vintage diesel submersibles to the state-of-the-art, nuclear-powered, true submarines. This transformation was […] Read More

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

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 – ‘From East of Suez to the Eastern Atlantic: British naval policy, 1964–70’ by Edward Hampshire

By Geoffrey Till

It is a curious thing that one of the biggest and perhaps the most traumatic decisions made by, and for, the Royal Navy in modern times, namely the proposed but finally abandoned acquisition of a new strike carrier in the mid- 1960s, has only now been really studied in depth. Instead, it has also been […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

Book Review – ‘Along the Hudson: Luxury liner row in the 1950s and 60s’ by William H. Miller

By Michael Harrison

A native of Hoboken, New Jersey, William Miller has been writing popular books about ocean liners for 40 years. During that time, as he explains in the introduction to Along the Hudson, he has collected ‘thousands upon thousands of photographs’ from corporate, governmental, and private sources, and these have formed the basis for many of his […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

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-‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ by N. Sharpook

By Derek Law

The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships was formed soon after the twenty-fifth anniversary of Operation Dynamo, at the instigation of Raymond Baxter, when some 43 of the little ships sailed back to France as part of the commemoration of the evacuation. This volume of almost 200 pictures is published to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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