This thought-provoking volume explores how, across more than a century, sea power empowered both the UK and Japan with a defensive shield, an instrument of deterrence, and an enabling tool in expeditionary missions to implement courses of actions to ...
preserve national economic and security interests worldwide. Furthermore, it expands the boundaries of the literature beyond the alliance period by exploring the strategic rationale underpinning the countries' military policies since the end of the nineteenth century, focusing on the study of the differences and similarities emerging from the comparative nature of the two countries' maritime economies and military systems. Overall, it presents a historical narrative that draws upon events of the pre-1945 period to identify those factors of power, status and economic opportunity that made British and Japanese interests align in the first decades of the twentieth century and subsequently, diverge in the second half of the 1930s. The book creates an element of continuity with the post-1945 era as it points out how in the Cold War, the persistence of key elements related to similar maritime economic interests led both the UK and Japan to follow a parallel path, choosing policies of strategic alignment with the United States. Contributors include Alessio Patalano, John Ferris, Haruo Tohmatsu, Douglas Ford, Lieutenant General Noboru Yamaguchi, Eric Grove, Chiyuki Aoi, Commodore Steven Jermy, Vice Admiral Yoji Koda and Guibourg Delamotte.