U.S. and British naval power developed in quite different ways
in the early 20th century before the Second World War. This study
compares, contrasts, and evaluates both British and American naval
power as well as the politics that led to the development of each.
Naval power was the single greatest manifestation of national power
for both countries. Their armies were small and their air forces
only existed for part of the period covered. For Great Britain,
naval power was vital to her very existence, and for the U.S.,
naval power was far and away the most effective tool the country
could use to exercise armed influence around the world. Therefore,
the decisions made about the relative strengths of the two navies
were in many ways the most important strategic choices the British
and American governments ever made. An important book for military
historians and those interested in the exercise and the extension
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