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British Naval Supremacy and Anglo-American Antagonisms, 1914–1930


  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107056954

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  • During World War I, Britain's naval supremacy enabled it to impose economic blockades and interdiction of American neutral shipping. The United States responded by building 'a navy second to none', one so powerful that Great Britain could not again successfully challenge America's vital economic interests. This book reveals that when the United States offered to substitute naval equality for its emerging naval supremacy, the British, nonetheless, used the resulting two major international arms-control conferences of the 1920s to ensure its continued naval dominance.

    • Sheds new light on the underlying military objectives of arms-control diplomacy during the 1920s
    • Reveals the secret reasons why the Admiralty felt compelled to mislead both the British Cabinet and American leaders prior to the 1927 Geneva Naval Conference
    • Details the successful British diplomatic sleight of hand at the Washington Naval Conference of 1921–2 that ensured its continued naval supremacy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book will open many eyes as to the reality of Anglo-American naval antagonism in the first half of the twentieth century and deserves a wide readership.' Navy News

    '… superb addition to the scholarship of an important subdiscipline of naval history. This study is a masterpiece of context, where the history of diplomacy, naval strategy, party politics, media relations, naval technology, and, of course, leadership collide to produce a fresh narrative.' Col. John Abbatiello, US Naval Institute Proceedings

    'Based on its extensive review of underutilized military records and the archives of military advisors such as Beatty, British Naval Supremacy should be of interest to historians with specializations in fields such as military, diplomatic, and international history, as well as scholars focused on the interwar years, Anglo–American relations, and arms control.' Alan M. Anderson, US Military History Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107056954
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Clashing world interests
    2. Washington conference legacy
    3. Beatty's Japanese war plan
    4. Churchill's challenge
    5. Beatty embraces arms control
    6. The general boards' new hope
    7. American arms-control politics
    8. Beatty takes control
    9. Combat equivalency
    10. Beatty's new strategies
    11. Conference shocks
    12. Hardening positions
    13. The failure of the Anglo-Japanese Accord
    14. Cabinet crisis
    15. Final efforts
    16. Breakdown and recriminations
    17. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Donald J. Lisio, Coe College, Iowa
    Donald J. Lisio is the Henrietta Arnold Professor Emeritus of History at Coe College. His previous publications include The President and Protest: Hoover, Conspiracy, and the Bonus Riot (1974) and Hoover, Blacks, and Lily Whites: A Study of Southern Strategies (1994). He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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