Before the Battlecruiser

The Big Cruiser in the World's Navies, 1865-1910
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Published:November 1, 2018
By Aidan Dodson (Author)

The battlecruiser is perceived by many as the most glamorous of warships, remembered for its triumphs and tragedies in both world wars. Often forgotten are its lineal ancestors, the big cruisers that were constructed as capital ships for distant waters, as commerce raiders, and as fast scouts for the battle fleet during the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth. In this new book by bestselling author Aidan Dobson, the 200 or so big cruisers that were built for the world’s navies from 1865 are described and analyzed in detail.



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Product Details
  • Subject: Naval History
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 1, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1682473759
  • ISBN-13: 9781682473757
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 X 11 in
  • Shipping Weight: 54.72 oz
  • “The book discusses the Big Cruiser in war and peace and it is this coverage, together with the ships’ design features through their relatively short reign, and the reasons for their decline, make this book well worth acquiring. Half of the book is devoted to line drawings and ship class data while the book’s narrative half is well illustrated…. Before the Battlecruiser provides the full story of this warship type in the world’s navies and their role in naval diplomacy and warfare in a fascinating period of world history.” —The Australian Naval Institute
  • "The book not only matched my expectations, it exceeded them, and I thoroughly recommend it." —Wargaming Miscellany

AIDAN DODSON is a senior research fellow at the University of Bristol. The author of seventeen books and over four hundred articles and reviews, Dr. Dodson also had a parallel career with the UK Ministry of Defence, including a period as project leader for the acquisition of the offshore patrol vessel HMS Clyde.

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