To ‘catch up and overtake’ has been an implicit and sometimes very explicit motive for much of Russian activity in the twentieth century. And not least for naval activity, although there may not have been very much exceptional in that, for in the first half of the century catching up and overtaking was the obsession of most navy ministries; there was not just the one big Naval Race, but scores of minor naval races as each country tried to overtake, or stay ahead of, its most likely enemies at sea.
KeywordsShip Design Shipbuilding Industry Explicit Motive Design Office Local Party
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