- ISBN/SKU: 9781591142591
- Binding: Paperback
- Era: 20th Century
- Number of Pages: 496
- Subject: World War I
- Date Available: August 2013
“His naval history has a unique fascination. To unrivalled mastery of sources he adds a gift of simple narrative . . . He is beyond praise.”
— A J P Taylor, noted British historian, author of The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918 and The Origins of the Second World War
Arthur Marder’s critically acclaimed five volume series, From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, represents one of the finest contributions to the literature of naval history since the work of Alfred Mahan. These new editions of the series are published with a new introduction by Barry Gough, distinguished Canadian maritime and naval historian, that provide an assessment of the importance of Marder’s work and anchors it firmly amongst the great naval narrative histories of this era.
The first volume in this series covers many facets of the history of the Royal Navy during the pre-war decade, including the economic and political background such as the 1906 Liberal Government hostility towards naval spending, the German naval challenge, the arms race and the subsequent Anglo-German rivalry, and, finally, the British plans for the blockade of the German High Seas Fleet.
Arthur J. Marder, a meticulous researcher, teacher and writer was born in 1910. He was a highly regarded American historian specializing in British naval history in the period 1880–1945. After serving in the office of Strategic Services during WWII, he taught at several universities and was visiting lecturer at Harvard University from 1949 to 1950 and George Eastman Professor at Oxford University and fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, from 1969 to 1970. The author of fifteen major works on British naval history, he died in 1980.