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Arthur Jacob Marder

(1910—1980) naval historian


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(1910–80), Harvard University-educated American historian who established his reputation as being the foremost proponent of British naval history of his day with his two earliest books, The Anatomy of British Sea Power (1940) and Portrait of an Admiral (1952), a biography of Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond. Both showed a remarkable degree of scholarship and insight into the period in which his main interest lay, from about 1896 to 1920. He followed these up with three volumes devoted to the correspondence of Admiral Sir John Fisher, under the title Fear God and Dread Nought (1952–9).

This interest in Fisher led naturally to an equal interest in his immediate naval successors, and thus to the activities of the British Navy in the First World War (1914–18). This was the theme of his next major work, in five volumes, published between 1961 and 1970, under the title From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow. It is a work which is still widely regarded as a classic naval history of the years 1904–19. Among his subsequent publications were From the Dardenelles to Oran (1974) and Operation ‘Menace’ (1976). Marder was awarded an honorary CBE in 1970.

From The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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