RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 4members only

Did the Royal Navy Decline between the Two World Wars?


The persistent myth of a British naval decline in the interwar period is dispelled by a close analysis of the Admiralty's efforts to hamper the rise of other naval powers

The early setbacks suffered by the Royal Navy during the Second World War have long coloured historians’ assessments of the navy's standing during the interwar years, with a consensus settling around a narrative of decline. Yet Joseph A Maiolo argues that, following the strategic victory of the First World War, the Admiralty manoeuvred with great agility to respond to, and curtail, the rise of other naval powers such as the US, Japan and Germany without setting in motio

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