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The second in a projected set of five volumes dealing with Anglo America Naval Relations, this volume brings together documents from the period 1919-1939 which was dominated by a series of naval arms limitation and disarmament conferences. The book also includes a section of documents that deal with encounters of serving officers and men of the two navies and their observations on each other's navy, while the final section details the hesitant and limited steps towards co-operation during 1937-1939 when the prospect of a second world war looked increasingly likely. Drawing on a wide range of documents from British and American archives, this volume provides a fascinating overview and insight into relations between the two navies during the interwar period.
'Simpson has selected his material with a judicious eye, enabling the reader to trace the diplomatic, naval, technical, personal and political aspects of his subject. His linking text is clear and informative and he has taken great pains to provide brief career summaries for every major participant in the volume in a comprehensive set of footnotes…The author and the Society are to be commended on an excellent edition.' Cercles '… an invaluable addition to the official documents published by the Navy Records Society. Michael Simpson is to be commended for producing an outstanding chronicle of the events unfolding between 1919-1939. The reader will find it difficult to put down. The volume is recommended without reservation as a superb acquisition to any naval history library.' The Northern Mariner
Contents: Preface; The Washington conference, 1919-1923; The Geneva conference, 1922-1927; The 1st London naval conference, 1927-1930; The 2nd London naval conference, 1930-1936; The sailors meet, 1919-1939; Edging towards an alliance, 1937-1939; List of sources and documents; Index.