American Naval History / Edition 3

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From its hasty and urgent creation during the American Revolution through periods of relative neglect, the United States Navy has maintained an important role in the security of the United States, and has been involved in many of its crucial historical events. American Naval History: A Guide pays attention to diplomacy, maritime issues, aviation, geography, scientific and technological advancements, and other historical disciplines. It also has entries on the naval histories of America's closest allies and enemies. A first edition of the book was printed by University Press of America as An Annotated and Selected Bibliography of American Naval History (1988). Vast changes have occurred since that time. Titles dealing with the development of sea power in the ancient and medieval world have been omitted. Instead, the book has modernized its listings by including titles from the last years of the Reagan presidency, George Bush's presidency, and the first two years of Bill Clinton's presidency. The list of periodicals has been expanded and revised considerably. Additionally, the titles now contain useful abbreviations that detail whether the texts include maps, diagrams, illustrations, glossaries, and appendixes.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) other work provides such extensive coverage of this subject...the book does belong in most academic reference collections.
American Reference Books Annual other work provides such extensive coverage of this subject...the book does belong in most academic reference collections.
The American Neptune
This volume should be the base from which a researcher strikes out…benefit[s] the newcomer to naval history as well as the seasoned veteran. This is clearly a must-buy for all maritime history reference collections.
Reviewers Consortium
Paolo brings much experience and an extensive research track record in the preparation of such work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810833029
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 954
  • Product dimensions: 2.25 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paolo E. Coletta (Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia) taught for nearly forty years at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. During his extensive scholarly career, he has published books and articles on many different topics including American history, naval power, and international diplomacy.

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Table of Contents

1 Bibliographic Aids and Reference Sources 1
2 Concepts and Definitions 65
3 Ships, Colonies, and Wars, 1689-1776 69
4 Sea Power in the Revolutionary War 81
5 A Chip on the European War Table, 1783-1815 123
6 The U.S. Navy at Peace and War, 1815-1861 155
7 Naval Power in the Civil War, 1861-1865 173
8 The Post-Civil War Denouement and the Rise of the New Navy, 1865-1898 217
9 The Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, and Boxer Rebellion 229
10 The U.S. Navy Comes of Age, 1898-1914 239
11 Naval Power and World War I: Europe, 1914-1917 253
12 The U.S. Navy in World War I, 1917-1919 267
13 Naval Disarmament and Rearmament, 1918-1941 281
14 The Coming of World War II 321
15 World War II in Atlantic Waters, September 1939-December 1941 337
16 The U.S. Navy in World War II: Atlantic Theater 355
17 The U.S. Navy in World War II: Pacific Theater. Part I, From Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal 421
18 The U.S. Navy in World War II: Pacific Theater. Part II, The Campaign against Rabaul 467
19 The U.S. Navy in World War II: Pacific Theater. Part III, The Dual Advance and End of the Japanese Empire 477
20 The Cold War and American Defense Reorganization, 1945-1950 507
21 Korea and Continued Communist Containment, 1950-1961 537
22 Kennedy, Johnson, and Sea Power in the 1960s and 1970s 555
23 The Challenge of the Soviet Navy, and the U.S. Navy's Forward Maritime Strategy 583
24 Sea Power for the 1980s 597
25 Reagan and the Rearming of America 619
26 Reagan and Nuclear Weapons: START, SDI, and SALT without SALT 647
27 To Russia with Love: The Bush Administration and the First Term of William Clinton 673
Special Topics 709
Personal Author Index 861
Subject Index 919
About the Author 935
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