The dreadnought was the predominant type of battleship in the early 20th
century. The first of the kind, the Royal Navy's Dreadnought, had such
an impact when launched in 1906 that similar subsequent battleships were
referred to as "dreadnoughts". Her design had two revolutionary
features: an "all-big-gun" armament scheme and steam turbine propulsion.
As dreadnoughts became a crucial symbol of national power, the arrival
of these new warships renewed the naval arms race, principally between
the United Kingdom and Germany but reflected worldwide, including South
America (a Brazilian Minas Geraes-class battleship pictured). The
concept of an all-big-gun ship had been in development for several years
before Dreadnought's construction. The Imperial Japanese Navy had begun
work on an all-big-gun battleship in 1904, but finished the ship as a
semi-dreadnought; the United States Navy was also building all-big-gun
battleships. Technical development continued rapidly through the
dreadnought era and within ten years, new battleships outclassed
Dreadnought herself. Most of the original dreadnoughts were scrapped
after the end of World War I under the terms of the Washington Naval
Treaty. Large dreadnought fleets only fought once, at the Battle of
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