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p. 687. A Navy Second to None

The U.S. Navy and World War I (1900–1939)locked

  • Craig L. Symonds


The U.S. Navy thrived during the Theodore Roosevelt administration with several new battleships commissioned—the Great White Fleet—and the construction of the Panama Canal, which opened in 1914 just as Europe was tumbling into war. ‘A navy second to none: the U.S. Navy in World War I (1900–1939)’ describes the battles between the Allied and German navies and dramatic changes in ship design that redefined the index of naval power, including Britain’s development of the Dreadnought. It also outlines the impacts of the 1916 Big Navy Act, the 1922 Washington Naval Arms Limitation Treaty, and the 1934 Vinson–Trammel Act that overturned the interwar cutbacks.

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