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By Donald J. Lisio

In the course of global struggle I, British naval supremacy enabled it to impose fiscal blockades and interdiction of yankee impartial delivery. the us answered by way of construction "a army moment to none," one so robust that groovy Britain couldn't back effectively problem America's important financial pursuits. This booklet finds that once the U.S. provided to replacement naval equality for its rising naval supremacy, the British, still, used the ensuing significant foreign arms-control meetings of the Twenties to make sure its persisted naval dominance.

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The United States would keep eighteen newer capital ships comprising 550,650 tons, and Japan could keep ten newer capital ships for an aggregate of 299,700 tons. 19 Shocked naval leaders were forced into stunned silence as waves of cheers and applause swept the Hall. Senators hailed Hughes as a national hero, and journalists were nearly unanimous in their enthusiastic support. 21 While Churchill was delighted with Hughes’s proposal, his friend Admiral David Beatty was not. Several weeks before the Conference opened, Beatty had traveled to the United States to exchange informal views with American naval leaders and had informed Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

In London and Other Conferences, QY, RG 45, NA; Pusey, Hughes 2: 470–471; Buckley, Washington Conference, pp. 72–74, 82. , Diary, 24, 25 October 1921, TR. The Washington Conference Legacy 23 withstand the new bombs, marine mines, and torpedoes developed during World War I. 24 Both before the Conference and for years afterward, Beatty would privately insist upon British superiority. According to one eyewitness, Hughes’s call for an immediate ten-year holiday in capital ship construction caused Lord Arthur Lee, the First Lord of the Admiralty, to turn “several colors of the rainbow” and to behave “as if he were sitting on hot coals,” while it propelled Beatty forward in his chair with a look of astonishment “in the manner of a bulldog, sleeping on a Sunday doorstep, who had been poked in the stomach.

345–346; Vinson, Parchment Peace, p. 137; Buell, The Washington Conference, pp. 153–154. Glad, Hughes and the Illusion of Innocence, p. 270; Pusey, Hughes 2: 471; Buell, The Washington Conference, pp. 153–154; Philip Rosen, “The Treaty Navy, 1919–1937,” in In Peace and War: Interpretations of American Naval History, 1775–1984, 2d. , ed. Kenneth Hagan (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1984), p. 222. , Diary, November 21, 1921, TR; Glad, Hughes and the Illusion of Innocence, pp. 270–271; Vinson, Parchment Peace, p.

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