Paul Kennedy to Lecture on Rise and Fall of British Battleship "Dreadnought"

HMS Dreadnought

On September 21, Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale, will give a lecture at Yale on 20th-century British naval history.

Titled “HMS Dreadnought and the Tides of History,” the free and public lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of Graduate Studies, Room 211.

When the Royal Navy launched the new super-battleship HMS Dreadnought 100 years ago, it made all other vessels obsolete. The all-big-gun warship put its stamp on an entire naval age, but within four decades that weapons system was overtaken by newer platforms. In this lecture, Kennedy will offer a case-study, mixing technology, geopolitics and grand strategy with naval operations and tactics.

A native of the UK, Kennedy is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic and strategic issues. He is a former Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Bonn. The celebrated historian holds many honorary degrees and fellowships, including that of the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society and the American Association of Arts and Sciences. He was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 for services to History and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in June 2003.

Kennedy is on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and writes for The New York Times, The Atlantic magazine and many foreign-language newspapers and magazines. His monthly column on current global issues is distributed worldwide by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media Services.

The 14 books Kennedy has authored or edited include “Strategy and Diplomacy, The Rise of the Anglo-German Antagonism,” “The War Plans of the Great Powers,” “The Realities Behind Diplomacy” and “Preparing for the Twenty-first Century.” His best-known work is “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers,” which provoked immense debate on its appearance in 1988 and has since been translated into more than 20 languages. In 1991, he edited a collection titled “Grand Strategies in War and Peace.” He helped draft a report for an international commission on “The United Nations in its Second Half-Century,” which was prepared for the 50th anniversary UN debate on how to improve the world organization. His book on the evolution of the UN, “The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present and Future of the United Nations,” was recently published by Random House.

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