The Submarine: A Cultural History From The Great War To Nuclear Combat by Duncan RedfordThe Submarine: A Cultural History From The Great War To Nuclear Combat by Duncan Redford

The Submarine: A Cultural History From The Great War To Nuclear Combat

byDuncan Redford

Paperback | May 30, 2015

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"Underhand and damned un-English" was the view of submarines in Edwardian Britain. Yet by the 1960s the new nuclear powered submarines were seen by the Royal Navy as being the "hallmark of a first class navy." In this book Duncan Redford, a retired Royal Navy submarine officer, explores how - and why - attitudes to the submarine changed in Britain between 1900 and 1977.

Using a wide array of previously unpublished sources, Redford sheds light on what the British thought about submarines, both their own and those that were used against them. Rather than providing an operational history of Britain's submarines, this book looks at naval and civilian conceptions of what submarine warfare was imagined to be like in the context of unrestricted submarine warfare, the world wars and the development of nuclear weaponry. With chapters on the coronation and jubilee reviews at Spithead, the submarine in novels and films, as well as coverage of the Royal Navy's and civilian views of submarines and submarine warfare this book gives a comprehensive view of the British regard - or lack of it - for the submarine.

Through the examination of the British relationship with submarines since 1900 it is possible to see changing patterns in acceptance and tensions between different sub-cultures, both civil and maritime. Since 1900 the meaning constructed around submarines has changed as the submarine has progressed along a road from perdition as the weapon of the weaker power (and morally weaker power too) to a form of redemption as a major capital unit.

This book will be essential for naval historians, students and those interested in aspects of submarine development and use.
Duncan Redford is the Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, Department of History, University of Exeter, UK. He was awarded the Laughton Naval History Scholarship in 2002 and completed his PhD at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London in 2006. He was an officer and submar...
Title:The Submarine: A Cultural History From The Great War To Nuclear CombatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 30, 2015Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1784530891

ISBN - 13:9781784530891


Table of Contents

1. The Submarine in Six Naval Reviews
2. The Submarine 1900-1914
3. The Effect of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare 1915-1935
4. The Submarine 1935-1965
5. The Age of the Nuclear Submarine
6. The Submarine in Film and Fiction