The Royal Navy, 1930-2000: Innovation and Defence

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Richard Harding
Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 299 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Managing the aerial threat
19
Amphibious warfare 19301939
42
Naval aviation 19302000
69
Welding and the British shipbuilding industry
89
Antisubmarine warfare 19391945
117
The Royal Navy and the challenge of the fast submarine
135
CVA01
170
The Royal Navy and the guided missile
193
Amphibious operations 19451998
213
Electronics and the Royal Navy
246
Select bibliography
286
Index
293
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