Naval Policy Between the Wars

The Period of Anglo-American Antagonism 1919-1929
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Binding:Paperback
Published:November 15, 2016
By Stephen Roskill (Author), (Author)
First published in 1968 and 1976, the two volumes of this work still constitute the only authoritative study of the broad geo-political, economic and strategic factors behind the inter-war development of the Royal Navy and, to a great extent, that of its principal rival, the United States Navy. Stephen Roskill conceived Naval Policy Between the Wars as a peacetime equivalent of the official naval histories, filling the gap between the First World War volumes and his own study of the Navy in the Second World War. First published in 1968 and 1976, the two volumes of this work still constitute the only authoritative study of the broad geo-political, economic and strategic factors behind the inter-war development of the Royal Navy and, to a great extent, that of its principal rival, the United States Navy. Stephen Roskill conceived Naval Policy Between the Wars as a peacetime equivalent of the official naval histories, filling the gap between the First World War volumes and his own study of the Navy in the Second World War. As such, it is marked by the extensive use of British and American sources, from which Roskill extracted shrewd and balanced conclusions that have stood the test of time.

The main themes of the first volume are: the after-effects of the Armistice; the struggle to prevent a renewed naval arms race, despite the challenge from the U.S. and Japan, which culminated in the Washington Naval Treaty; and the broader attempts at peacekeeping through diplomacy and the fragile vehicle of the League of Nations. On a technical level, the primacy of big-gun battleships was increasingly challenged by air power, and the Navy fought an internal battle with the Air Force to obtain sufficient aviation assets for the fleet. Although the 1920s is largely ignored in naval history, this volume demonstrates that the period is key to understanding the development of the Navy that fought the Second World War.

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  • Subject: Naval History
  • Paperback : 672 pages
  • Illustrations: 30 b/w photos, 6 mpas
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1473877407
  • ISBN-13: 9781473877405
  • Product Dimensions: 6.25 X 9.25 in
  • Shipping Weight: 39.52 oz

STEPHEN ROSKILL, a retired Royal Navy captain, is best known as the author of the official History of the Second World: The War at Sea, first published in four parts between 1954 and 1961. His biography of Beatty was first published in 1980.

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