In Defence of Naval Supremacy: Finance, Technology and British Naval Policy, 1889-1914

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9780044451044: In Defence of Naval Supremacy: Finance, Technology and British Naval Policy, 1889-1914

In the early years of this century, Britain attempted to solve fundamental strategic problems through the secret development of technologically advanced weapons: a kind of "Edwardian Star Wars". Professor Sumida charts the Admiralty's efforts to maintain Britain's naval supremacy, despite parliamentary financial restrictions, through the introduction of technically advanced capital ships which became known as battle cruisers. This newer warship class depended on the perfection of advanced analogue computers to control and direct naval gunfire from vessels moving at high speed in battle, but divisions within the Admiralty and political wrangling led to shortcomings in the installation of British naval equipment that were to have serious consequences at the battle of Jutland. This study is based upon archival research into naval finance and gunnery technology and raises fundamental questions about the currently accepted view of British naval planning before 1914 and of naval operations during the First World War.

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Sumida presents a provocative and authoritative revisionist history of the origins, nature, and consequences of the “Dreadnought Revolution” of 1906. Based on intensive and extensive archival research, the book strives to explain vital financial and technical matters that enable readers to observe the complex interplay of fiscal, technical, strategic, and personal factors that shaped the course of British naval decision making during the critical quarter-century that preceded the outbreak of the First World War.

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Jon Tetsuro Sumida is the author of Inventing Grand Strategy and Teaching Command: The Classic Works of Alfred Thayer Mahan Reconsidered (1997), and Decoding Clausewitz: A New Approach to On War (2008). He is professor of history at the University of Maryland.

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