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Financial Limitation, Technological Innovation and British Naval Policy, 1904-1910

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SUMI

Scope and Contents

Doctoral dissertation for the University of Chicago.


  • Creation: 1982-08


Conditions Governing Access

The dissertation is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the dissertation must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Jon Sumida received his B.A. (1971) from the University of California, Santa Cruz [United States], with honors, and his M.A. (1974) and Ph.D. (1982), the latter with honors, from the University of Chicago. He has been a fellow-commoner of Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University (1983); a fellow of the Wilson Center twice (1986 and 1995-96) and of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1990-91); and Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College, in Washington (2000). Dr. Sumida is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland.

Publications: of Sumida's numerous articles, two won the Moncado Prize from the Society for Military History (1993 and 1995); in 1997 he received the Naval History Author of the Year Award for 1996 from the U.S. Naval Institute. His books include: Inventing Grand Strategy and Teaching Command: The Classic Works of Alfred Thayer Mahan Reconsidered (1997 and 1999); In Defence of Naval Supremacy: Finance, Technology, and British Naval Policy, 1889-1914 (1989 and 1993); and The Pollen Papers: The Privately Circulated Printed Works of Arthur Hungerford Pollen, 1901-1916 (1984).


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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This copy of the dissertation was given to Churchill Archives Centre by Jon Sumida in September 1982.

Related Materials

See also: correspondence between Sumida and Captain Stephen Roskill, ROSK 7/252; and archives used by Sumida in his research, including the Pollen Papers (PLLN) and the Fisher Papers (FISR).


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in September 2003. Information was obtained from the University of Maryland's history department and the Naval War College review.


Sumida, Jon Tetsuro


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