The Challenges of Command: The Royal Navy’s Executive Branch Officers, 1880-1919
Robert L. Davison
Page count: 300 pages
File size: 2.2 MB
This book explores the ways that the Edwardian naval arms race forced the Royal Navy to address deep-seated structural problems caused by rapidly changing technology. It charts how an institution organised for three hundred years around sailing ships, faced the challenge of steel and steam, and what that meant for an officer class recruited largely on the basis of its social class rather than technical expertise.