The Mediterranean Fleet, 1919-1929

The Mediterranean Fleet, 1919-1929

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& Francis Publishing

Following the end of the First World War the Mediterranean Fleet found itself heavily involved in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Sea of Marmora, the Black Sea and to a lesser extent, the Adriatic. Naval commanders were faced with complex problems in a situation of neither war nor peace. The collapse of the Ottoman, Russian and Habsburg empires created a vacuum of power in which different factions struggled for control or influence. In the Black Sea this involved the Royal Navy in intervention in 1919 and 1920 on the side of those Russians fighting the Bolsheviks. By 1920 the Allies were also faced with the challenge of the Turkish nationalists, culminating in the Chanak crisis of 1922. The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne enabled the Mediterranean Fleet finally to return to a peacetime routine, although there was renewed threat of war over Mosul in 1925-1926. These events are the subject of the majority of the documents contained in this volume. Those that comprise the final section of the book show the Mediterranean Fleet back to preparation for a major war, applying the lessons of World War One and studying how to make use of new weapons, aircraft carriers and aircraft.

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Halpern (emeritus, Florida State U.) assembles published and unpublished documents to tell the story of the British Navy in the Mediterranean Sea during the decade after World War I, a period he says was not as pleasant to live through as it was to look back on from the horrors that followed. He mentions such problems as aging vessels, questionable funding, new danger from aircraft, the Bolshevik revolution, and conflict with Turkey. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate Pub. Co., 2011
ISBN: 9781409427568
1409427560
9781409427575
1409427579
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxv, 620 pages) : illustrations, maps

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