This new collection of essays by a panel of established international scholars sheds new light on what some of those influences were and what actions were taken as a result of Britain's Far Eastern commitments.
Not only are new evidence and approaches to those issues addressed presented, but new avenues for further research are clearly outlined. This new study shows how the use of the sea as a means of projecting power and influence beyond national borders holds a unique place in the history of Great Britain. Directly linked to the concepts of empire, great power and strategic over-stretch, Britain's strategic position east of Suez in the twentieth century was a dominant area of interest and had an enormous impact in the overall construction of Great Britain's naval strategic posture.
Britain's global naval position was in fact predominantly formed by Far Eastern strategic influences from 1900 to 1945. After that, even in the face of the Cold War and emphasis on planning for a third European war, strategic influences east of Suez continued to play a major role in the creation of Britain's naval force structure and in its global strategic foreign policy formulation process.
Table of Contents
1 . "Wee-ah-wee"?: Britain at Weihaiwei, 1898-1930 2. The Idea of Naval Imperialism: The China squadron and the Boxer uprising 3. 'Unbroken Thread': Japan, maritime power and British imperial defence, 1920-1932 4. What Worth the Americans?:The British strategic foreign policy making elite's view of American maritime power in the Far East, 1933-1941 5. 'Looking skyward from below the waves': Admiral Tom Phillips and the loss of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse 6. 'Light Two Lanterns, The British Are Coming By Sea': Royal Navy participation in the Pacific 1944-1945 7. The Royal Navy in Korea: Replenishment and sustainability 8. The Royal Navy, Expeditionary Operations and The End of Empire, 1956-1975 9. The Royal Navy and Confrontation, 1963-66 10. The British Naval Role East of Suez: An Australian perspective 11. The Return to Globalism: The Royal Navy east of Suez, 1975-2003
Greg Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department of King's College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Watchfield, UK. He is the author of Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the Far East, 1933-1939 (Cass, 2002), which won the 2002 Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize, as well as several other edited and co-edited volumes. He has published widely in the areas of British and US strategic foreign policy relations and naval strategy.