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1st Edition

The Royal Navy 1930-1990
Innovation and Defense

Edited By

Richard Harding

ISBN 9780714685816
Published December 20, 2004 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

This new book explores innovation within the Royal Navy from the financial constraints of the 1930s to World War Two, the Cold War and the refocusing of the Royal Navy after 1990.

Successful adaptation to new conditions has been critical to all navies at all times. To naval historians the significance and process of change is not new, but in recent years innovation has been increasingly studied within a number of other disciplines, providing new theoretical positions and insights. This study examines key case studies of change, some successful others less so, which place the experience of the Royal Navy within a variety of economic and strategic contexts. Together these studies provide excellent new insights against which to set recent ideas on innovation and provide a stimulus to more research by historians and scholars in other disciplines.


'This book is an important contribution and provides a wonderful overview of some of the problems and issues faced by the Royal Navy since the 1930s. It is highly recommended to anyone interested in naval history.' - The Northern Mariner