chapter  2
14 Pages

Japanese Naval Construction, 1878–1918

ByDavid C. Evans

At the outset of the 1880s, early in Japan’s modern history, the Imperial Japanese Navy was an odd-lot collection of vessels acquired to provide for the nation’s coastal defense. By the end of the First World War, barely four decades later, it had become the world’s third most powerful fleet, an agent for the projection of Japanese power abroad.