Warships After Washington The Development of the Five Major Fleets 1922-1930

by John Jordon

Warships After Washington The Development of the Five Major Fleets 1922-1930 Synopsis

The Washington Treaty of 1922, designed to head off a potentially dangerous arms race between the major naval powers, agreed to legally binding limits on the numbers and sizes of the principal warship types. In doing so, it introduced a new constraint into naval architecture and sponsored many ingenious attempts to maximise the power of ships built within those restrictions. It effectively banned the construction of new battleships for a decade, but threw greater emphasis on large cruisers.rn This much is broadly understood by anyone with an interest in warships, but both the wider context of the treaty and the detail ramifications of its provisions are little understood. The approach of this book is novel in combining coverage of the political and strategic background of the treaty - and the subsequent London Treaty of 1930 - with analysis of exactly how the navies of Britain, the USA, Japan, France and Italy responded, in terms of the types of warships they built and the precise characteristics of those designs. This was not just a matter of capital ships and cruisers, but also influenced the development of super-destroyers and large submarines.rn Now for the first time warship enthusiasts and historians can understand fully the rationale behind much of inter-war naval procurement. The Washington Treaty was a watershed, and this book provides an important insight into its full significance.

Warships After Washington The Development of the Five Major Fleets 1922-1930 Press Reviews

The approach of this book combines coverage of the political and strategic background of the treaty, and the subsequent London Treaty if 1930, with analysis of how the navies of Britain, the USA, Japan, France and Italy responded, in terms of the types of warships they built and the precise characteristics of those designs. This was not just a matter of capital ships and cruisers, but also influenced the development of super destroyers and large submarines. For the first time, warship enthusiasts and historians can understand the rationale behind much of inter-war naval procurement. The Washington Treaty was a watershed, and this book provides an insight into its full significance, looking at how capital shops and aircraft carriers were developed prior to 1930. - Ships Monthly Overall, this is an extremely well-written and interesting account of an aspect of the Treaty that has, until now, been less well-explored than the treaty itself. A number of other reviewers have also commented favourably, so it should be a 'must' for any reader of naval works. The Northern Mariner

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848321175
Publication date: 17th November 2011
Author: John Jordon
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Naval forces & warfare, Military history,

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