This is a scholarly account of the Royal Navy participation in the Pacific War. It concludes the late Arthur Marder's two-volume history of the Royal Navy and the imperial Japanese Navy in the decisive years 1936-1945. Before his death, Arthur Marder completed the first six chapters, and the second volume of this work has been completed by Mark Jacobsen and John Horsfield. It picks up the story at the nadir of British naval fortunes, and follows the Royal Navy's role from 1942 to the Japanese surrender in August 1945. Marder retells the story of how Allied naval defences crumbled in the Dutch East Indies, culminating in the Battle of the Java Sea. Concentrating on the role of HMS Exeter, Marder drew upon the experiences of participants in the action to write a fresh account of the part played by Royal Navy Units in the disaster. The book offers a critical assessment of Churchill's role in shaping the British war effort. Churchill opposed sending a major fleet to the Pacific; the authors detail the protracted struggle of the Chiefs of Staff to change his mind. Not until 1945 was a full scale British Pacific Fleet ready to take its place alongside the great American fleets assembled to attack the Ryukyu Islands immediately south of Japan. "Old Friends, New Enemies" draws on both British and Japanese sources to give an account of the two navies in World War II. It makes full use of hitherto unpublished personal accounts by participants, and emphasizes the key personalities who shaped events in these momentous years.
'bears all the marks of his very individual scholarship and style ... narrated Britain's imperial decline - with devotion and skill in combining research, narration, and analysis which have seen no contemporary rival' Anthony Verrier, Financial Times 'the only comprehensive account of the war against our old friends, the Japanese, who had become our new enemies' Richard Hough, Daily Telegraph `Marder's lucid style and the sweep of his knowledge and understanding give a compelling coherence to his narrative - here, one feels, is the inside story and the special understanding, making use of many unpublished sources. ...a major work of naval scholarship.' Lloyd's List `the book is rounded off by a thoughtful conclusion, which sustains the very high level of narrative and analysis shown throughout this long, and absorbing book.' The Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies Bulletin `... Mark Jacobsen and John Horsfield deserve to be congratulated on what they have accomplished.' Christopher Thorne, TLS `a splendidly even-handed account ... This book bears out Peter Kemp's accolade, introducing the previous volume: he called Marder "the supreme historian".' The Economist `the literature of the war in the Far East is not so rich or large that this work can be set aside ... contains so much original material from participants and so many well argued cases and new insights that it is and will remain and important work on the Forgotten Fleet and on how two countries were taught a bitter lesson on the limits of their power. The Mariner's Mirror `Meticulously researched and referenced ... a fascinating book ... by devoting considerable space to the leading personalities on all sides, it gives an insight and excellent background as to 'The whats, whys and wherefores" of the strategies which were evolved. It is a great read.' London Flottilla Bulletin `draws on a vast array of manuscript sources in Britain, Japan, and the United States, including papers, interviews, and correspondence that Marder conducted with key naval personages during a lifetime of research. The writing is superb.' The Pacific Review `As one would expect from its pedigree, it is a work of considerable scholarship and covers the larger issues of the naval war with Japan in great detail.' Warship `A multitude of sources have been carefully digested and the facts are presented objectively. This is a sound and useful contribution to the history of naval warfare.' Asian Affairs 'both grasp of detail and clarity of narrative are again features of this new book, in all its sections ... the three authors between them have provided a helpful survey of relevant developments in the Japanese camp' Times Literary Supplement 'draws on a vast array of manuscript sources in Britain, Japan, and the United States, including papers, interviews, and correspondence that Marder conducted with key naval personages during a lifetime of research' J. Garry Clifford, The Pacific Review, Vol.4, No.3, 1991 `It is essential reading for the serious student of the Pacific war bringing many new ideas and sources to light, though it would be as well to check all `facts'. The bibliography lists many sources, mainly US, which would not readily occur to a British student'. D.K. Brown. 'a detailed narrative of British naval operations against Japan ... the now completed two-volume study of the Royal Navy in the Pacific War is a fitting conclusion to Arthur J. Marder's long and productive career as a naval historian' John H. Maurer, Naval War College, Naval War College Review `Arthur Marder was undeniably the modern Royal Navy's premier chronicler and indeed one of this century's greatest historians...It is a brilliant summation of the limits of naval and human power that no student of war can afford to ignore, and as such, the appropriate capstone to Arthur Marder's final work.' Barry D. Hunt, The North Mariner, Journal of the Canadian Nautical Research Society. 'it completes, ten years after his death, the remarkable career of Arthur J. Marder ... The work of his students in completing the manuscript has been meticulous and thorough: this is the book Marder would have hoped to complete ... an account that will act as a bench-mark for future studies ... it is a major work and one that cannot be ignored.' Andrew Lambert, King's College, London, The International History Review `The book is a smoothly written and meticulously researched account of the Royal Navy's war in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. ... thorough study of the Royal Navy's role in the war against Japan' Peter Stansky, American History Review 'evenhanded, thoroughly researched narrative ... in spare, limpid, and entertaining prose' Thomas R. Havens, University of Illinois, History, Summer 1992 'It is a fascinating story, and the book describes it with much sensitivity to institutional factors and service loyalties; considerable stress is laid on the role of the former premiers, The book ends with a perceptive and valuable conclusion reviewing the types of war that the Royal and the Imperial Japanese Navies prepared for and fought.' J.P.D. Dunbabin St Edmund Hall, Oxford. EHR Shorter Notices April '94
Number Of Pages: 652
Published: 2nd August 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.5 x 4.5
Weight (kg): 1.01