Posted 25 May 2008 - 03:39 PM
offworlder, on May 25 2008, 09:36 PM, said:
yes, I hear that sometimes, 'wrote what has been published' ; but, does everything have to have 100 pct stuff never before published? this was not a phd dissertation; this was not even a Yale University publication; Castle of Steele was a mainstream release primarily intended for those readers who had not read the other published journals and research and 'university' books and such; for general readers who can learn new things;
The book was advertised as "an important work full of new insights", "with voluminous research" and being his "finest achievement as a historian" (*compiler* would be a more apt description). So please do not try to tell me it was not intended to also target the historical community. So forgive me if I am a bit disappointed when I found out that the book is largely nothing but an abbreviated version of Marder's famous work. What is even worse, it is also sloppy work - some times it is so badly footnoted that it is not possible to find the real source of a statement, or at least not until you have waded through a lot of other secondary works.
If you truly are interested in the subject at hand, I advise you to pick up Marder, "From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: the Royal Navy in the Fisher era, 1904-1919 (5 vol.)" and "Fear God and dread nought : the correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone".
in fact I learned things I had not known, such as the shelling of English towns; I had not though any English town was bombarded in WWI; I was wrong; the Scarborough raid, and the Yarmouth and Folkestone raids; towns shelled by heavy cruisers; and some cruiser skirmishes he relayed I had not known about; many of us only read about Jutland and Dogger Bank, not all that about Heligoland Bight skirmishes and the shellings of English towns; also many had not yet read about the ins and outs of the admiralty during that time; so it was very illuminating and helpful, to a wide audience, more than to the indepth experienced buffs who'd already read everything; AND it was thus a Bestseller, which was one of the intentions
True, I am not disputing that as a general source of superficial knowledge it is excellent.
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