The Dark Ages of the Admiralty 1869-85: Part II, Changes and Decay, 1874-80

By N. A. M. Rodger, published February 1976


During the 1870s, the Royal Navy’s unchallenged superiority led, ironically, to complacency and neglect on the part of the Government and the senior Navy leadership. While both paid lip service to the importance of a strong Navy, there was little concern about providing appropriate financial support for this requirement, formulating realistic strategy and war plans, or accounting for dramatic changes in naval and marine technology. The designs of the major warships built during this period were based on faulty and unrealistic assumptions about the nature of future naval strategy and tactics, made by civilians with minimal practical knowledge of these subjects.

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

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