Archive Results For: WW1

Book Review-‘The Law of Nations and Britain’s Quest for Naval Security International Law and Arms Control, 1898–1914’ by S. Keefer

By Richard Dunley

Historians and practitioners have long acknowledged the importance of international law to the actions of navies and others operating in the maritime sphere. Recent works focusing on the prewar and First World War period by historians such as Isabel Hull, in A Scrap of Paper (2014), Nicholas Lambert, in 2012’s Planning Armageddon, and John Coogan […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Freeing the Baltic’ by G. Bennett

By Steven Balbirnie

The author, Captain Geoffrey Bennett (1908–1983), served briefly as Britain’s naval attaché to Moscow after Stalin’s death in 1953. He published a number of naval histories upon his retirement, including studies of the First World War battles of Coronel and Jutland. This is the third edition of this book, which was originally published under the […] Read More

Filed under: Russian Revolution | Baltic | WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Clash of Fleets: Naval battles of the Great War, 1914–18’ by V. P. O’Hara and L. R. Heinz

By Simon Smith

Clash of Fleets joins a number of naval studies published during the last few years to coincide with the centenary of the First World War and renewed interest in the naval side of the conflict. In this book, Vincent O’Hara and Leonard R. Heinz aim to affirm the importance of sea power during the First […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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-‘To Crown the Waves: The great navies of the First World War’ by Vincent P. O’Hara, W. David Dickson and Richard Worth (eds)

By Eric Grove

The editors of a previous volume published in 2010 on the major navies of the Second World War entitled On Seas Contested have now produced a similar volume on First World War navies. The book consists of seven major chapters, on the Austro-Hungarian, French, German, British, Italian, Russian and United States navies. A final chapter […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Germany’s High Seas Fleet in the First World War’ by Admiral Reinhard Scheer

By Lawrence Sondhaus

At least on the German side of the naval war of 1914–18, no figure was better positioned to write a definitive account of the action than Admiral Reinhard Scheer. Already a vice-admiral and battleship squadron commander when the war began, Scheer became commander of the High Seas Fleet in January 1916 and maintained operational oversight […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | 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-‘The Scapegoat: The life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill’s role in his death’ by S. R. Dunn

By James Goldrick

he Scapegoat is the biography of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock, who was lost with the armoured cruisers Good Hope and Monmouth in an action off Coronel on the west coast of South America on 1 November 1914. The fact that this is a Book Guild work suggests that The Scapegoat is effectively self-published. It has […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography

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