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Technical Change and British Naval Policy 1860 - 1939 - Edited by Bryan Ranft

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Edited by Bryan Ranft

First published 1977 by Hodder and Stoughton Educational Sevenoaks, Kent

A blue cloth bound book with silver lettering to the spine with a little light bumping to top and bottom of spine but VERY GOOD PLUS.
In a VERY GOOD unclipped jacket with little shelf wear

ISBN 0 340 21893 2      Price £15.00 + Postage

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178 pages: 160 mm. x 240 mm. x 22 mm.

Weight unwrapped 470 grm. - Weight wrapped for postage <700 grm.

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Bryan Ranft's Technical Change and British Naval Policy 1860 - 1939. A scan of the jacket's front.


Nowhere were the effects of the Industrial Revolution more dramatically demonstrated than in the transformation of navies. Seamen who fought under Drake would have found little changed at Trafalgar: at Jutland they would have found the ships, guns and the nature of the battle quite incomprehensible.

For Britain, unique among the Great Powers for her complete dependence upon ability to use the seas for her survival, the move from sail to steam, wood to iron, and from solid shot to explosive shell had been difficult enough. The later developments of underwater craft and weapons, aircraft and electronic communications, which put every traditional concept of naval warfare in doubt, presented even greater problems. It was not in her interests to initiate developments which threatened the supremacy of the battlefleets upon which her naval predominance depended. Yet, to delay too long was to run the risk of leaving the country helpless before a technologically superior rival.

Were the officers of the Royal Navy so conservative and lacking in technical knowledge that they failed to appreciate the significance of new developments ?

How did they adapt their concepts of tactics and strategy to meet the challenge of the submarine and the aircraft ? And what of the ability of Britain's designers and manufacturers to match the products of more recently industrialised countries ?

By examining the inter-connection between technological change and the wider issues of naval policy and strategy the contributors to this book provide new insights into the Royal Navy's performance in the two World Wars.

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Editor's Introduction

Bibliographical Note




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