Arms, Economics and British Strategy: From Dreadnoughts to by G. C. Peden

By G. C. Peden

This booklet integrates process, know-how and economics and offers a brand new means of taking a look at twentieth-century army heritage and Britain's decline as an outstanding energy. G. C. Peden explores how from the Edwardian period to the Sixties battle used to be remodeled by way of a sequence of options, together with dreadnoughts, submarines, airplane, tanks, radar, nuclear guns and guided missiles. He indicates that the price of those new guns tended to upward thrust extra fast than nationwide source of revenue and argues that approach needed to be tailored to take account of either the elevated efficiency of latest guns and the economy's diminishing skill to maintain militia of a given measurement. sooner than the advance of nuclear guns, British method used to be in accordance with a capability to wear out an enemy via blockade, attrition (in the 1st global battle) and strategic bombing (in the Second), and accordingly strength rested as a lot on fiscal power as on armaments.

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