British Cruisers of the Victorian Era by Norman Friedman

By Norman Friedman

Steadily evolving from crusing frigates, the 1st glossy cruiser isn't really effortless to outline, yet this ebook starts off with the earliest steam paddle warships, covers the evolution of screw-driven frigates, corvettes and sloops, after which the succeeding iron, composite and steel-hulled sessions all the way down to the final armoured cruisers.

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British Cruisers of the Victorian Era

Steadily evolving from crusing frigates, the 1st smooth cruiser isn't effortless to outline, yet this publication begins with the earliest steam paddle warships, covers the evolution of screw-driven frigates, corvettes and sloops, after which the succeeding iron, composite and steel-hulled periods all the way down to the final armoured cruisers.

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They also provided a good deal of the power exerted by local British colonial governments and by British political officers in quasi-colonies. Historians often emphasize the accelerating rate at which technology changed. What is much less appreciated is how radically the British strategic situation changed between the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 and the beginning of the twentieth century, which is about when the last of the ships described in this book were designed. The Changing Strategic Environment Geography and context remained remarkably constant from the early eighteenth century down to the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, France always being the main enemy.

Quite aside from the exports, the Russians had long sought control of the straits. However, by the latter part of the nineteenth century exports through the Bosporus were their chief source of foreign exchange. That certainly sharpened Russian determination to control the straits, inevitably at the expense of Turkey. The situation was further complicated by the Russians’ position as the centre of Orthodox Christianity, hence as the protectors of many Christians living in Turkish territories in the Balkans on the edges of the Black Sea.

5 Second Naval Lord Admiral Martin considered that the United States might fight if the Royal Navy imposed a blockade against France. At this time the French navy nearly equalled the Royal Navy in size, and France had more frigates (though fewer smaller cruisers). Thus it could be argued that France could blockade England (which was already importing much of her food) quite aside from the usual threat of a direct invasion by the large French army. The US Navy had a long-standing war policy of raiding British commerce, as it had no hope of challenging the British fleet.

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