Churchill and Sea Power by Christopher M BellChurchill and Sea Power by Christopher M Bell

Churchill and Sea Power

byChristopher M Bell

Hardcover | February 4, 2015

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Winston Churchill had a longer and closer relationship with the Royal Navy than any British statesman in modern times, but his record as a naval strategist and custodian of the nation's sea power has been mired in controversy since the ill-fated Dardanelles campaign in 1915. Today, Churchillis regarded by many as an inept strategist who interfered in naval operations and often overrode his professional advisers - with inevitably disastrous results. Churchill and Sea Power is the first major study of Winston Churchill's record as a naval strategist and his impact as the most prominent guardian of Britain's sea power in the modern era. Based on extensive archival research, the book debunks many popular and well-entrenched myths surroundingcontroversial episodes in both World Wars, including the Dardanelles disaster, the Norwegian Campaign, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the devastating loss of the Prince of Wales and Repulse in 1941. It shows that many common criticisms of Churchill have been exaggerated, but also that some of hismistakes have been largely overlooked - such as his willingness to prolong the Battle of the Atlantic in order to concentrate resources on the bombing campaign against Nazi Germany. The book also examines Churchill's evolution as a maritime strategist over the course of his career, and documents his critical part in managing Britain's naval decline during the first half of the twentieth century. Churchill's genuine affection for the Royal Navy has often distracted attentionfrom the fact that his views on sea power were pragmatic and unsentimental. For, as Christopher M. Bell shows, in a period dominated by declining resources, global threats, and rapid technological change, it was increasingly air rather than sea power that Churchill looked to as the foundation ofBritain's security.Visit a href=""http://christophermbell/a for more information on Churchill and Sea Power.
Christopher M. Bell is Associate Professor of History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the author of The Royal Navy, Seapower and Strategy between the Wars (2000) and co-editor of Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective (2003).
Title:Churchill and Sea PowerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Sea Power in the Age of Churchill1. Apprenticeship: 1901-19142. Learning Curve: The First World War3. Adjusting to the Post-war World, 1919-244. The Treasury Years: The Ten Year rule, the Japanese 'Bogey', and the 'Yankee Menace'5. Disarmament, Rearmament, and the Path to War: The 1930s6. First Lord of the Admiralty, 1939-1940: The Phoney War and the Norwegian Campaign7. The War against Germany and Italy, 1940-19418. Courting Disaster: The Deterrence of Japan and the Dispatch of Force Z9. The Battle of the Atlantic, the Imports Crisis, and the Closing of the 'Air Gap'10. The Defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial JapanEpilogue: The Verdict of HistoryNotesSelect BibliographyIndex