This book is an original study of the Royal Navy's response to the rise of the German navy under Hitler within the context of the ongoing debate about Anglo-German relations and the origins of the Second World War. Drawing on wide range of sources, the author casts new light on the diplomacy leading to the Anglo-German Naval Agreements of June 1935 and July 1937, and explores the crucial connections between naval intelligence, war planning and Admiralty policy. The author suggests that the Admiralty's response to the Nazi menace was far more rational and more complex than previous studies suggest.
Published quarterly under the direction of the Philological Club of the University of North Carolina, these Studies contain original contributions by members of the Club, as well as carefully edited texts of original manuscripts and of scarce pamphlets. Of this volume, No. 1 furnishes a reprint of Wine, Beere, Ale and Tobacco, a Seventeenth Century Interlude, edited by James Holly Hanford; No. 2 contains a study of The Characters of Terence, by G. Kenneth G. Henry; No. 3 is devoted to an investigation of 'The Act Time' in Elizabethan Theatres, by Thorton Shirley Graves. The Wine, Beere and Ale interlude deserves particular mention, both as a specimen of the academic drama, and as an example of scholarly editing, with its interesting introduction and illuminating notes. In the publication of these Studies the Philological Club is doing splendid service to the cause of scholarship in the South.