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  1. Introduction and General Reading 7 items
    We will mostly be covering sources, ideas and the functioning of British naval administration.
    1. The Royal Navy: a history since 1900 - Duncan Redford, Philip D. Grove, National Museum of the Royal Navy (Great Britain) 2014

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Standard of power: the Royal Navy in the Twentieth Century - Dan Van der Vat, Eric Boulton 2000

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    3. The making of the modern admiralty: British naval policy-making 1805-1927 - C. I. Hamilton 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading Best guide to how the Admiralty worked in this period.

    4. The naval route to the abyss: the Anglo-German naval race 1895-1914 - Matthew S. Seligmann, Frank Nèagler, Michael Epkenhans, Navy Records Society 2015

      Book Essential reading See introduction for comments on sources and historiography.

    5. The Great War at Sea : A Naval History of the First World War - Lawrence Sondhaus 2014

      Book Recommended reading Useful general history of the RN in the FWW

    6. Engage the enemy more closely: the Royal Navy in the Second World War - Correlli Barnett, Eric Boulton 1991

      Book Recommended reading General source on the RN in the SWW

    7. Principles of maritime strategy - Corbett, Julian Stafford 2004

      Book Recommended reading The key text by the most influential British theorist of naval warfare.

  2. Threat Perception and its Operation 17 items
    The focus will be on which country/countries were perceived as the likely enemy of the Royal Navy in this period. This is a major source of controversy.
    1. Tirpitz: architect of the German high seas fleet - Michael Epkenhans c2008

      Book Recommended reading Recent study of German naval policy

    2. The weary Titan: Britain and the experience of relative decline, 1895-1905 - Aaron L. Friedberg c1988

      Book Recommended reading Classic orthodox analysis.

    3. Transformation and Technology in the Fisher Era: the Impact of the Communications Revolution 1 - Nicholas Lambert 2004-6-1

      Article Recommended reading A revisionist view of the drivers of Admiralty policy.

    4. The anatomy of British sea power: a history of British naval policy in the pre-dreadnought era, 1880-1905 - Arthur Jacob Marder 1972

      Book Essential reading The classic orthodox account of the emergence of the German threat in British naval thinking.

    5. From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: the Royal Navy in the Fisher era, 1904-1919, Vol. 1: The road to war, 1904-1914 - Arthur J. Marder 2013

      Book Essential reading See esp ch.6 for the orthodox view of the German threat.

    6. The scaremongers: the advocacy of war and rearmament 1896-1914 - A. J. A. Morris 1984

      Book Recommended reading A sceptical view of the 1909 naval scare.

    7. Russian imperialism and naval power: military strategy and the build-up to the Russo-Japanese War - Nicholas Papastratigakis 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential reading Includes a useful new account of the deficiencies of the Russian navy and what Britain knew about them.

    8. British naval strategy: the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the Turkish Straits, 1890–1904 - Nicholas Papastratigakis 12/2010

      Article Recommended reading A useful new assessment of the Russian Navy.

    9. The jeune ecole: the strategy of the weak - Arne Roksund 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading Best assessment of an influential French view of waging naval war against Britain.

    10. The development of a modern navy: French naval policy, 1871-1904 - Theodore Ropp, Stephen S. Roberts c1987

      Book Recommended reading The classic study of the French Navy which explains why French naval policy was so disjointed.

    11. Spies in uniform: British military and naval intelligence on the eve of the first World War - Matthew S. Seligmann 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential reading Study of the main intelligence available to the Admiralty on the German threat.

    12. Britain's great security mirage: the Royal Navy and the Franco-Russian naval threat, 1898–1906 - Matthew S. Seligmann 12/2012

      Article Essential reading Reappraisal of the Franco-Russian naval threat.

    13. Switching horses: the admiralty's recognition of the threat from Germany, 1900–1905 - Matthew S. Seligmann 06/2008

      Article Recommended reading A rebuttal of revisionist attempts to dismiss the place of Germany in Admiralty thinking.

    14. Intelligence information and the 1909 naval scare: the secret foundations of a public panic - Matthew Seligmann 01/01/2010

      Article Recommended reading Argues that the 1909 naval scare was based on genuine intelligence.

    15. The naval route to the abyss: the Anglo-German naval race 1895-1914

      Chapter Recommended reading See Chapter 2 pp103-154 recognising the german challenge: the royal navy 1898-1904 for sources on the origins and basis of the naval race.

    16. Naval intelligence from Germany: the reports of the British naval attachâes in Berlin, 1906-1914 - Matthew S. Seligmann, Navy Records Society 2007

      Book Recommended reading Contains copies of all the key attache reports from Berlin during the 1909 naval scare.

    17. Great Britain and the German navy - Llewellyn Woodward 1964

      Book Recommended reading An important early study of the role of Germany in British naval thinking.

  3. Fisher and the Scholarship on Fisher 19 items
    Was Fisher a radical reformer? Why is his period of naval leadership controversial?
    1. Birth of the battleship: British capital ship design, 1870-1881 - John F. Beeler 2003, c2001

      Book Recommended reading A study that contests the idea that the nineteenth century was a dark age for the Royal Navy. Important for background.

    2. Contested Waters: The Royal Navy in the Fisher Era - C. M. Bell 01/01/2016

      Article Essential reading Excellent historiographic review.

    3. Sir John Fisher and the policy of strategic deterrence, 1904-1908 - Richard Dunley 01/04/2015

      Article Other reading A recent view on what Fisher was trying to achieve.

    4. Scholarship and the ship of state: rethinking the Anglo-American strategic decline analogy - Katherine C Epstein 03/2015

      Article Recommended reading Relevant for its critique of Marder.

    5. Historical dreadnoughts: Arthur Marder, Stephen Roskill and battles for naval history - Barry M. Gough 2010

      Book Recommended reading Contains useful information on Marder's research methods.

    6. Admirals: the naval commanders who made Britain great - Lambert, Andrew D. 2009

      Book Recommended reading See Chapter on Fisher

    7. Fisher of Kilverstone - Ruddock F. Mackay 1973

      Book Essential reading The essential biography of Fisher. Read the sections on the 1904 fleet redistribution.

    8. The Admiralty, the German navy, and the redistribution of the British fleet, 1904–1905 - Ruddock F. Mackay 01/1970

      Article Essential reading First attempt to revise Marder's paradigm.

    9. The anatomy of British sea power: a history of British naval policy in the pre-dreadnought era, 1880-1905 - Arthur J. Marder 1972

      Book Essential reading First major study. Of enduring importance.

    10. Fear God and dread nought: the correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone, Volume II: Years of power, 1904-1914 - John Arbuthnot Fisher Fisher 1956

      Book Recommended reading Fisher's correspondence with useful commentaries.

    11. From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: the Royal Navy in the Fisher era, 1904-1919, Vol. 1: The road to war, 1904-1914 - Arthur J. Marder 2013

      Book Essential reading Key orthodox text on Fisher.

    12. A revolution in naval affairs? Technology, strategy and British naval policy in the ‘Fisher Era’ - David Morgan-Owen 11/05/2015

      Article Essential reading Argues against the idea of a Fisher-inspired Revolution in Military Affairs.

    13. A prelude to the reforms of Admiral Sir John Fisher: the creation of the Home Fleet, 1902–3. - Matthew S. Seligmann 2010

      Article Recommended reading Suggest that not all reform starts with Fisher.

    14. A Great American Scholar of the Royal Navy? The Disputed Legacy of Arthur Marder Revisited - Matthew S. Seligmann 24/02/2016

      Article Essential reading A defence of Marder.

    15. Naval History by Conspiracy Theory: The British Admiralty before the First World War and the Methodology of Revisionism - Matthew S. Seligmann 10/11/2015

      Article Recommended reading An assessment of the flaws in revisionist scholarship.

    16. Arms races in international politics: from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 1, pp 21-40, The Anglo-German Naval Race, 1898-1914. contains an assessment of Fisher's methods in the naval race.

    17. Sir John Fisher and the Dreadnought: the sources of naval mythology - Jon Tetsuro Sumida 1995

      Article Recommended reading A revisionist view on why historians have misunderstood Fisher.

  4. Home Defence and War Planning 14 items
    We will look at competing interpretations of Admiralty plans to defend the British isles.
    1. Invasion, raids and army reform: the political context of ‘flotilla defence’, 1903-5 - Richard Dunley 08/2017

      Article Essential reading Shows why the Flotilla Defence argument is flawed.

    2. Strategy and war planning in the British Navy, 1887-1918 - Shawn T. Grimes 2012

      Book Recommended reading

    3. The war plans of the great powers, 1880-1914

      Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 5 pp118-132 Paul Haggie the royal navy and war planning in fisher era

    4. Admiral Sir John Fisher and the concept of Flotilla defence, 1904-1909 - Nicholas A. Lambert 1995

      Article Recommended reading Early revisionist presentation of the flotilla defence thesis.

    5. The submarine service, 1900-1918 - Nicholas A. Lambert, Navy Records Society (Great Britain) 2001

      Book Other reading

    6. The declaration of London: a matter of operational capability - Christopher Martin 11/2009

      Article Recommended reading Recent revisionist evaluation of the drivers of war planning.

    7. The 1907 naval war plans and the second Hague peace conference: a case of propaganda 1 - Christopher Martin 10/2005

      Article Recommended reading Revisionist text arguing that the 1907 war plans were a smokescreen.

    8. The fear of invasion: strategy, politics, and British war planning, 1880-1914 - David G. Morgan-Owen 2017

      Book Essential reading This book demolishes the revisionist analysis on plans to protect the British Isles with flotilla defence.

    9. ‘History is a record of exploded ideas’: Sir John Fisher and home defence, 1904–10 - David Gethin Morgan-Owen 27/05/2014

      Article Essential reading A recent critique of Lambert's flotilla defence thesis.

    10. Cooked up in the dinner hour? Sir Arthur Wilson’s war plan, reconsidered - David Gethin Morgan-Owen 27/06/2015

      Article Recommended reading Post-revisionist text arguing for continuity in British war planning.

    11. The naval route to the abyss: the Anglo-German naval race 1895-1914 - S. Seligmann, Matthew, Frank Nèagler, Michael Epkenhans, Navy Records Society 2015

      Book Recommended reading Contains a commentary upon and several examples of British war plans.

  5. Trade Defence and the Battle Cruiser 13 items
    Another major dispute between historians.
    1. The origins of the Dreadnought revolution: a historiographical essay - Charles H. Fairbanks, Jr. 1991

      Article Recommended reading Key revisionist article on the battle cruiser concept.

    2. Righting the scholarship: the battle-cruiser in history and historiography - Nicholas Lambert 03/2015

      Article Recommended reading A strident revisionist critique of all other viewpoints.

    3. The function of commerce warfare in an Anglo‐German conflict to 1914 - Peter Overlack 12/1997

      Article Recommended reading An important assessment of economic warfare in both British and German naval thinking.

    4. The Royal Navy and the German threat, 1901-1914: admiralty plans to protect British trade in a war against Germany - Matthew S. Seligmann 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading A detailed study of British planning.

    5. New weapons for new targets: Sir John Fisher, the threat from Germany, and the building of HMS and HMS , 1902–1907 - Matthew S. Seligmann 06/2008

      Article Essential reading The first major critique of the revisionist interpretation of the battle cruiser.

    6. The naval route to the abyss: the Anglo-German naval race 1895-1914 - S. Seligmann, Matthew, Frank Nèagler, Michael Epkenhans, Navy Records Society 2015

      Book Recommended reading Contains several important documents on trade defence and the battle cruiser as well as historiographic commentaries.

    7. Germany’s Ocean Greyhounds and the Royal Navy’s First Battle Cruisers: An Historiographical Problem - Matthew S. Seligmann 02/01/2016

      Article Recommended reading A reply to revisionist critiques.

    8. Sir John Fisher and the Dreadnought: the sources of naval mythology - Jon Tetsuro Sumida 1995

      Article Recommended reading The main revisionist assessment of why Marder got the Dreadnought revolution wrong.

    9. The fog of peace and war planning: military and strategic planning under uncertainty - Talbot C. Imlay, Monica Duffy Toft 2006

      Book Recommended reading See Chapter 7 by Jon Sumida

    10. In defence of naval supremacy: finance, technology, and British naval policy 1889-1914 - Jon Tetsuro Sumida 2014

      Book Recommended reading See sections on the battle cruiser

  6. Churchill and Readiness 1914 10 items
    What was Churchill trying to achieve as First Lord? What part did the Mediterranean play in his policies? How valid is the theory of "substitution"?
    1. Churchill and sea power - Christopher M. Bell 2013

      Book Essential reading The Key study of Churchill.

    2. Sir John Fisher's naval revolution reconsidered: Winston Churchill at the admiralty, 1911-1914 - C. M. Bell 01/07/2011

      Article Essential reading A counter to revisionist evaluations of the Churchill Admiralty.

    3. On standards and scholarship: a response to Nicholas Lambert - C. M. Bell 01/07/2013

      Article Essential reading A full-blown reply to Lambert's attempt to contest his arguments.

    4. The myth of a naval revolution by proxy: Lord Fisher’s influence on Winston Churchill’s naval policy, 1911–1914 - Christopher M. Bell 06/03/2015

      Article Recommended reading Contests the idea that Fisher drove Admiralty reforms under Churchill.

    5. Sentiment vs strategy: British naval policy, Imperial defence, and the development of Dominion Navies, 1911–14 - Christopher M. Bell 15/03/2015

      Article Recommended reading A large-scale evaluation of the main strands of Churchill's policy.

    6. The Mediterranean naval situation 1908-1914 - Paul G. Halpern 1971

      Book Essential reading The classic and unsurpassed study of Mediterranean naval affairs before 1914.

    7. On standards: a reply to Christopher Bell - N. A. Lambert 01/04/2012

      Article Recommended reading Nicholas Lambert's response to Bell's analysis.

    8. British naval policy, 1913-1914: financial limitation and strategic revolution - Nicholas A. Lambert 1995

      Article Recommended reading Revisionist argument prioritizing finance.

    9. An 'Intermediate Blockade'? British North sea strategy, 1912-1914 - D. G. Morgan-Owen 01/11/2015

      Article  Will appear in November 2015 edition of War in History

    10. Strategy and the sea: essays in honour of John B. Hattendorf - Matthew S. Seligmann

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 11, pp.138-147, The evolution of a warship type: the role and function of the battlecruiser in admiralty plans on the eve of the first world war

  7. Economic Warfare 18 items
    The controversies surrounding the British "blockade" and the means of defeating the u-boat campaign.
    1. Preparing for blockade, 1885-1914: naval contingency for economic warfare - Stephen Cobb c2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading Stresses continuity in strategic culture over revolutionary change.

    2. The end of neutrality: United States, Britain and maritime rights 1899-1915 - John W. Coogan 1981

      Book Recommended reading Important study of the laws of war and their influence on Admiralty policy.

    3. The short-war illusion resurrected: the myth of economic warfare as the British Schlieffen Plan - John W. Coogan 11/05/2015

      Article Essential reading Devastating critique of Lambert's Planning Armageddon.

    4. Britain's war at sea, 1914-1918: the war they thought and the war they fought 2016

      Book Recommended reading See chapter 5 by John Ferris

    5. British economic and strategic planning 1905-1915 - David French 1982

      Book Recommended reading Landmark study of British preparations for war.

    6. A scrap of paper: breaking and making international law during the Great War - Isabel V. Hull 2014

      Book Recommended reading A very useful study of the role of international law.

    7. Planning Armageddon: British economic warfare and the First World War - Nicholas A. Lambert 2012

      Book Recommended reading The revisionist perspective on economic warfare.

    8. The Royal Navy and anti-submarine warfare, 1917-49 - Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading A valuable study on British ASW.

    9. From the dreadnought to Scapa Flow: the Royal Navy in the Fisher era, 1904-1919, Volume IV: 1917: year of crisis - Arthur J. Marder 2014

      Book Recommended reading Interesting assessment of the defeat of the u-boats.

    10. Trading with the enemy: British business and the law during the First World War. - John McDermott

      Article Recommended reading McDermott is excellent on the finer nuances of economic warfare.

    11. "A needless sacrifice": British businessmen and business as usual in the First World War - John McDermott 1989

      Article Recommended reading An excellent look at some of the complexities of economic warfare

    12. The First World War: an agrarian interpretation - Avner Offer 1991, c1989

      Book Recommended reading Once the foremost study of the topic. Still important.

    13. The economics of the wartime shortage: a history of British food supplies in the Napoleonic War and in World Wars I and II. - Mancur Olson 1963

      Book Essential reading An enlightening study of how economic warfare works.

    14. Britain's economic blockade of Germany, 1914-1919 - Eric W Osbourne

      Book Recommended reading A recent assessment of the importance of 'blockade'.

    15. The renaissance of pre-First World War naval history - Matthew S. Seligmann 06/2013

      Article Recommended reading Includes an evaluation of Lambert's Planning Armageddon.

    16. Failing to Prepare for the Great War? The Absence of Grand Strategy in British War Planning before 1914 - Matthew S. Seligmann 18/04/2017

      Article Essential reading An alternative to Planning Armageddon.

  8. First World War: Before Jutland 18 items
    We will look at both the Dardanelles campaign as well as other key engagements in 1914-15.
    1. Churchill and sea power - Christopher M. Bell 2013

      Book Recommended reading Important overview of Churchill's motives and thinking.

    2. Churchill and the Dardanelles - Christopher M. Bell 2017

      Book Essential reading The most up-to-date assessment of the Dardanelles campaign and of Churchill's efforts to influence the way it was perceived.

    3. Before Jutland: the naval war in Northern European waters, August 1914-February 1915 - James Goldrick 2015

      Book Recommended reading Best recent study of the first 18 months of the war at sea in home waters.

    4. Preparing for Armageddon: gunnery practices and exercises in the Grand Fleet prior to Jutland - John Brooks 06/03/2015

      Article Recommended reading A recent critique of the technical tactical synthesis argument showing flaws in the evidential base.

    5. The world crisis, 1911-1918: with an additional chapter on the Battle of the Marne - Winston Churchill 2007

      Book Essential reading Churchill's retrospective defence of his actions.

    6. Winston S. Churchill: Vol.3: 1914-1916 - Randolph S. Churchill, Martin Gilbert 1971

      Book Other reading The authorized biography with primary sources from the Churchill papers.

    7. Churchill's dilemma: the real story behind the origins of the 1915 Dardanelles Campaign - Graham T. Clews c2010

      Book Essential reading An important assessment of the reasons' for the Dardanelles campaign.

    8. Naval operations: Vol. II - Julian Stafford Corbett, Great Britain, Naval & Military Press, Imperial War Museum (Great Britain) 2003

      Book Recommended reading The official history.

    9. Planning Armageddon: British economic warfare and the First World War - Nicholas A. Lambert 2012

      Book Recommended reading The "wheat" theory of the Dardanelles campaign.

    10. Gallipoli: making history - Jenny Macleod 2004 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading See chapter 1 by Martin Gilbert

    11. Battle of Dogger Bank: the first dreadnought engagement, January 1915 - Tobias R. Philbin 2014

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    12. Churchill's 'World crisis' as history - Robin Prior c1983

      Book Essential reading An analysis of the problem areas of Churchill's account.

    13. Gallipoli: the end of the myth - Robin Prior c2009

      Book Recommended reading

    14. Clash of Fleets: Naval Battles of the Great War, 1914-18 - Vincent P. O'Hara 30 Mar. 2017

      Book Recommended reading

    15. A German preference for a medium-range battle? British assumptions about German naval gunnery, 1914-1915 - Matthew Seligmann 01/01/2012

      Article Recommended reading Contests Sumida's presentation on Admiralty intelligence on German intentions.

    16. 'Expectation, adaptation, and resignation: British battle fleet tactical planning, August 1914-April 1916’ - Jon Tetsuro Sumida 2007

      Article Recommended reading A refinement of the technical-tactical synthesis thesis.

    17. A matter of timing: the Royal Navy and the tactics of decisive battle, 1912-1916 - Jon Tetsuro Sumida 2003

      Article Essential reading Main source for the revisionist "technical-tactical synthesis" argument.

  9. First World War: Jutland and 1916-18 13 items
    This will focus mainly on the most famous naval engagement of the war, but also on its subsequent impact.
    1. Secret Service: the making of the British intelligence community - Christopher M. Andrew, Eric Boulton 1985

      Book Recommended reading Some useful information on the intelligence dimension.

    2. Dreadnought gunnery and the Battle of Jutland: the question of fire control - Brooks, John 2005

      Book Recommended reading The chapter on Jutland gives a succinct evaluation on both Beatty's errors and on the gunnery issues.

    3. The Battle of Jutland - John Brooks 2016

      Book Recommended reading The most comprehensive and up-to-date account of the battle.

    4. Naval operations: Vol. III - Julian Stafford Corbett 2003

      Book Recommended reading The official history. Much disapproved of by the Admiralty.

    5. The rules of the game: Jutland and British naval command - G. A. H. Gordon 2012

      Book Recommended reading Important study focusing on the navy's command culture.

    6. Sins of omission and commission: a reassessment of the role of intelligence in the Battle of Jutland. - Jason Hines 2008

      Article Recommended reading An new evaluation of the Intelligence dimension.

    7. Jutland: the unfinished battle - Nicholas Jellicoe 2016

      Book Recommended reading Offers a solid overview (perhaps not entirely impartial) on the Beatty-Jellicoe debate.

    8. Admirals: the naval commanders who made Britain great - Lambert, Andrew D. 2009

      Book Recommended reading See chapter on Beatty

    9. 'Our bloody ships' or 'our bloody system'? Jutland and the loss of the battle cruisers, 1916. - Nicholas A. Lambert

      Article Recommended reading Assesses the importance of British ammunition-handling on the loss of the three battle cruisers.

    10. Jutland: the naval staff appreciation - Stephen McLaughlin, John Jordan 2016

      Book Recommended reading The never published attack on Jellicoe by the Dewar brothers.

    11. From the dreadnought to Scapa Flow: the Royal Navy in the Fisher era, 1904-1919, Volume III: Jutland and after : May to December 1916 - Arthur J. Marder 2014

      Book Recommended reading An influential study of the battle.

    12. The Great War at sea: a naval history of the First World War - Lawrence Sondhaus 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading A useful recent study.

    13. The Jutland Paradox: A keynote address - Eric Grove 03/04/2017

      Article Recommended reading

  10. Naval Life and Social Reform 7 items
    This is the chance to examine an important period of social reform in the Navy, and gain an insight into naval life in the early C20.
    1. From Jack Tar to Union Jack: representing naval manhood in the British Empire, 1870-1918 - Mary A. Conley 2009

      Book Recommended reading

    2. The challenges of command: the Royal Navy's executive branch officers, 1880-1919 - Robert L. Davison 2016

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Sober Men and True - Christopher McKee May 30, 2002 (Hardcover)

      Book Recommended reading

    4. The Royal Navy: an illustrated social history, 1870-1982 - John Wells, Eric Boulton, Royal Naval Museum c1994

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Able Seamen 26 Sept. 2011

      Book Recommended reading

  11. Presentation 12 items
    Here are a selection of primary source compendia that may be useful to you.
    1. The crisis of British power: the imperial and naval papers of the second Earl of Selborne, 1895-1910 - William Waldegrave Palmer Selborne, D. G. Boyce 1990

      Book Recommended reading Provides some key documents on early assessments of the German threat during the period when Selborne was First Lord.

    2. The papers of Admiral Sir John Fisher: Volume I - John Arbuthnot Fisher Fisher 1960

      Book Recommended reading Contains sections from Naval Necessities, the Report of the Committee on Designs and the 1907 War Plans.

    3. The papers of Admiral Sir John Fisher: Volume II - John Arbuthnot Fisher Fisher 1964

      Book Recommended reading Contains sections from Naval Necessities, the Report of the Committee on Designs and the 1907 War Plans.

    4. The submarine service, 1900-1918 - Nicholas A. Lambert, Navy Records Society (Great Britain) 2001

      Book Recommended reading Some useful documents on submarines. The volume has a revisionist slant and the commentaries need to be read with care.

    5. Policy and operations in the Mediterranean, 1912-14 - E. W. R. Lumby, Navy Records Society 1970

      Book Recommended reading An important collection of documents charting the role of the Mediterranean in British naval planning.

    6. Fear God and dread nought: the correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone, Volume II: Years of power, 1904-1914 1956

      Book Recommended reading An important selection from Fisher's voluminous and revealing private correspondence.

    7. The Beatty papers: selections from the private and official correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Earl Beatty, Volume 1: 1902-1918 - Bryan Ranft, Navy Records Society (Great Britain) 1989

      Book Recommended reading Contains useful documentary materials on Beatty's role in the war in the North Sea.

    8. Documents relating to the Naval Air Service: Volume 1: 1908-1918 - S. W. Roskill, Great Britain. Royal Navy. Fleet Air Arm, Navy Records Society (Great Britain) 1969

      Book Recommended reading The volume contains a number of documentt relating to the birth and development of naval aviation before and during the First World War.

    9. The naval route to the abyss: the Anglo-German naval race 1895-1914 - S. Seligmann, Matthew, Frank Nèagler, Michael Epkenhans, Navy Records Society 2015

      Book Recommended reading Contains documents on all aspects of the Anglo-German naval armaments race.

    10. Naval intelligence from Germany: the reports of the British naval attachâes in Berlin, 1906-1914 - Matthew S. Seligmann, Navy Records Society 2007

      Book Recommended reading A collection of reports from the Navy's man in Berlin.

    11. The Jellicoe papers: selections from the private and official correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Earl Jellicoe of Scapa, Volume 1: 1893-1916 - A. Temple Patterson, Navy Records Society (Great Britain) 1966

      Book Recommended reading contains useful documents on Jellicoe and the war in the North Sea.

    12. The collective naval defence of the Empire, 1900 to 1940 - Nicholas Tracy 1997

      Book Recommended reading The Empire dimension in naval affairs.

  12. Mutiny 8 items
    This will focus on the Invergordon Mutiny of 1931.
    1. Naval mutinies of the twentieth century: an international perspective - Bell, Christopher M., Elleman, Bruce A. 2003 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    2. The Royal Navy and the Lessons of the Invergordon Mutiny - Christopher M. Bell 01/01/2005

      Article Recommended reading

    3. Royal Naval Officers from War to War, 1918-1939 12 Aug. 2015

      Book Recommended reading

    4. The Mutiny: A Failure of the Royal Navy's Internal Communications - Michael Farquharson-Roberts 04/2009

      Article Recommended reading

  13. Abandoning Supremacy? Disarmament, 1919-1936 13 items
    This session looks at the difficulties of British defence at a time of serious financial retrenchment, and their role in various international arms limitation agreements.
    1. Far-flung lines: essays on imperial defence in honour of Donald Mackenzie Schurman - Kennedy, Greg, Neilson, Keith, Schurman, D. M. 1997

      Book Recommended reading See John Ferris, ‘The Last Decade of British Maritime Supremacy, 1919-1929’

    2. Anglo-American relations in the 1920s: the struggle for supremacy - McKercher, B. J. C. 1990

      Book Recommended reading See John R. Ferris, ‘The Symbol and the Substance of Seapower: Great Britain, the United States and the One-Power Standard, 1919-1921’

    3. Britain, America and arms control,1921-37 - Hall, Christopher 1987

      Book Recommended reading

    4. At the crossroads between peace and war : the London naval conference in 1930 - Maurer, John, Bell, Christopher M. 2013

      Book Recommended reading

    5. The Washington conference, 1921-22: naval rivalry, East Asian stability and the road to Pearl Harbor - Goldstein, Erik, Maurer, John H. c1994 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading See B. J. C. McKercher, ‘The Politics of Naval Arms Limitation in Britain in the 1920s’

    6. British and American naval power: politics and policy, 1900-1936 - O'Brien, Phillips Payson 1998 (electronic resource)

      Book Other reading

    7. Britain, America and arms control,1921-37 - Hall, Christopher 1987

      Book Recommended reading

    8. British and American naval power: politics and policy, 1900-1936 - Phillips Payson O'Brien 1998 (electronic resource)

      Book Other reading

    9. The Oxford companion to United States history - Paul S. Boyer, Melvyn Dubofsky 2001

      Book Recommended reading

  14. Rearmament and Dilemmas of Imperial Defence 13 items
    A look at British rearmament and the question of priorities in terms of imperial defence.
    1. Warfare state: Britain, 1920-1970 - David Edgerton 2006

      Book Essential reading

    2. Grand strategy: Vol.1: Rearmament policy - Gibbs, N. H. 1976

      Book Recommended reading

    3. British seapower and procurement between the wars: a reappraisal of rearmament - Gordon, G. A. H., King's College, London 1988

      Book Essential reading

    4. The rise and fall of British naval mastery

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 10, pp.315-352, The years of decay (1919-39)

    5. Cry havoc: how the arms race drove the world to war, 1931-1941 - Maiolo, Joseph A. c2010

      Book Recommended reading

    6. The Royal Navy and Nazi Germany, 1933-39: a study in appeasement and the origins of the Second World War - Joseph A. Maiolo c1998

      Book Recommended reading

    7. British rearmament and the Treasury, 1932-1939 - G. C. Peden 1979

      Book Recommended reading Classic general work on British rearmament

    8. Arms, economics and British strategy: from dreadnoughts to hydrogen bombs - G. C. Peden 2007

      Book Recommended reading See Chapter 3

    9. Did the Royal Navy Decline between the Two World Wars? - Joseph A Maiolo 04/07/2014

      Article Recommended reading

  15. Singapore and the Far East 9 items
    Examining how the RN prepared for war in the Far East, focusing on the key debate of the 'Singapore Strategy'
    1. Churchill and sea power - Christopher M. Bell 2013 (electronic resource)

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  16. The Renewed German Challenge 8 items
    What role did Germany play in RN preparations in the 1930s?
    1. Royal Navy, Seapower and Strategy between the Wars - Christopher M. Bell 2000

      Book Recommended reading Read Chapter 3 regarding the German threat

    2. European diplomacy between two wars, 1919-1939 - Gatzke, Hans W. 1972

      Book Recommended reading see chapter Charles Bloch, ‘Great Britain, German Rearmament and the Naval Agreement of 1935’

    3. The Royal Navy and Nazi Germany, 1933-39: a study in appeasement and the origins of the Second World War - Joseph A. Maiolo c1998

      Book Essential reading

    4. The ultimate enemy: British intelligence and Nazi Germany, 1933-1939 - Wark, Wesley K. 1985

      Book Recommended reading

    5. The Royal Navy and Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1917-49 - Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones 2007

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Seek & strike: sonar, anti-submarine warfare and the Royal Navy 1914-54 - Willem Hackmann 1984

      Book Recommended reading

  17. New Technology, New Tactics 7 items
    How much did new technology impact on RN approaches to war?
    1. British seapower and procurement between the wars: a reappraisal of rearmament - Gordon, G. A. H., King's College, London 1988

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    2. The Royal Navy and the capital ship in the interwar period: an operational perspective - Moretz, Joseph 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    3. British naval aviation: the first 100 years - Benbow, Tim c2011 (electronic resource)

      Book  See Geoffrey Till, ‘Competing Visions: The Admiralty, The Air Ministry and the Role of Air Power’

  18. Home Waters 11 items
    The focus here will be on the role of the RN in home defence, focusing especially on the invasion question.
    1. Churchill and seapower

      Chapter Essential reading Read Chapter 6, pp.160-194, First Lord of the admiralty, 1939-1940: The Phoney War and the Norweigian campaign

    2. Churchill's anchor: Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound, OM, GCB, GCVO - Brodhurst, Robin 2000

      Book Recommended reading The only serious biography of Pound.

    3. The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain - Anthony J. Cumming c2010

      Book Essential reading Revisionist assessment of the Battle of Britain.

    4. The Royal Navy's Home Fleet in World War II - Levy, James P. 2003 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    5. The war at sea, 1939-1945: Vol.1: The defensive - Roskill, S. W. 1954

      Book Recommended reading The official history

  19. Battle of the Atlantic 12 items
    Here we examine the factors behind the ultimate success of the Allies/failure of Germany, and why this threat took so long to extinguish.
    1. Churchill and sea power - Christopher M. Bell 2013

      Book Recommended reading See chapter 9

    2. Decoding history: the battle of the Atlantic and Ultra - Gardner, W. J. R. 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Seek & strike: sonar, anti-submarine warfare and the Royal Navy 1914-54 - Hackmann, Willem 1984

      Book Recommended reading

    4. The Royal Navy and anti-submarine warfare, 1917-49 - Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    5. The U-Boat war in the Atlantic 1939-1945 - Gèunter Hessler, Great Britain. Ministry of Defence (Navy) 1989

      Book Recommended reading

  20. War in the Mediterranean 9 items
    A spotlight on the role of the RN in contributing to victory in the Mediterranean theatre.
    1. The battle for the Mediterranean - Donald Macintyre 1964

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    2. Engage the enemy more closely: the Royal Navy in the Second World War - Correlli Barnett, Eric Boulton 1991

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    3. British naval aviation: the first 100 years - Tim Benbow c2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading See Chapter by Ben Jones

    4. Churchill and Seapower - Christopher M. Bell 2012

      Book  See Chapter 7 and 10

    5. On seas contested: the seven great navies of the Second World War - Vincent P. O'Hara, W. David Dickson, Richard Worth 2010

      Book Recommended reading See Chapter 4 on the Italian Navy

  21. The Royal Navy since 1945 11 items
    The final two sessions look at the RN from 1945, both examining how they transitioned from World War to Cold War, and a key debate over the role of the RN in British defence policy.
    1. British defence policy since 1945 - Ovendale, Ritchie c1994

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    2. The silent deep: the Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945 - Peter Hennessy, James Jinks 2016

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Vanguard to Trident: British naval policy since World War II - Eric Grove c1987

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    4. The silent deep: the Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945 - Peter Hennessy, James Jinks 2016

      Book Recommended reading

    5. British naval aviation: the first 100 years - Tim Benbow c2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading See Chapters 6-9.

    6. Churchill and Seapower - Christopher M. Bell 2012

      Book Recommended reading See Chapter 11

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