Author Results for Andy Brockman

Book Review-‘British Dockyards in the First World War: Transactions of the Naval Dockyards Society Volume 12’ by P. MacDougall (ed.)

By Andy Brockman

In his post-war study of the First World War, The World In Crisis (vol. 1, 1911–14) the former First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, observed drily that during the ‘naval scare’ of 1909, ‘The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight.’ This was a response to […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review-‘Britain’s Island Fortresses: Defence of the empire 1756–1956’ by [W.] Clements

By Andy Brockman

The so called ‘castle doctrine’ was put perhaps most famously by the great English jurist Sir Edward Coke when he wrote in a legal opinion of 1604, ‘the house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence as for his repose.’ Coke’s comment […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Other (Twentieth C) | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Administration | Archaeology | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-Five Hundred Years of Deptford and WoolwichRoyal Dockyards: Marking the 500th anni -versary of the foundation of the Thames yardsby Henry VIII’ by P. MacDougall (ed.)

By Andy Brockman

The latest volume in the Transactions of the Naval Dockyards Society is not just a valuable addition to the literature of Britain’s maritime history, but also to the ongoing discussions regarding how the development system, as put into practice by local planning authorities and their advisors, balances the need for our living spaces to change […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review-‘Scapa 1919: The archaeology of a scuttled fleet’ by I. McCartney, Osprey

By Andy Brockman

The first thing to be said about this book is that it is not a traditional historical account of the ‘grand scuttle’, neither is Innes McCartney’s new book a traditional archaeological report, too many of which are hard going even for archaeologists. Instead the author has produced a hybrid publication which revisits the end of […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies