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In Peace and War: Interpretations of American Naval History, 30th Anniversary Edition / Edition 1

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This 30th anniversary edition of a highly acclaimed classic covers the entire span of the American naval experience from the Revolution to the present. It avoids descending into a dry chronology of naval battles and instead focuses on the use of the navy as a diplomatic instrument in peacetime and wartime. When dealing with war, the authors sketch in the political background and explain the grand strategy before dealing with individual battles and leaders. Each essay about the navy in war concludes with an assessment of the importance of naval operations to the outcome of the war and the significance of the war to America's role in world affairs. This book also traces changes in administrative premises and style, the evolution of technology, and the strategic revolutions characteristic of American naval history. This fully revised, 30th anniversary edition includes new chapters by current experts in the field so as to continue its relevance in the 21st century. An entirely new and up-to-date bibliography containing secondary sources help make this title better than ever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275999551
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 673,084
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

KENNETH J. HAGAN is Professor of Strategy at U.S. Naval War College at Monterey and is an award-winning author of many books including the New York Times Notable Book, This People's Navy.

MICHAEL T. MCMASTER, CDR, USN, Ret. is Professor of Joint Maritime Operations at the U.S. Naval War College in Monterey, California. He Served twenty-two years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and is a retired Commander.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Paul M. Kennedy     ix
Preface to the 30th Anniversary Edition     xiii
Preface to the First Edition     xv
Preface to the Second Edition     xvii
Abbreviations     xix
The Navies of the American Revolution, 1775-1783, 1978   James C. Bradford     1
Defining an American Navy, 1783-1812, 2008   Craig L. Symonds     18
The War of 1812: What Role for Sea Power? 1978   Linda Maloney     34
Protector of Commerce and Defender of the Nation: The U.S. Navy Between Wars, 1815-1844, 2008   Harold D. Langley     47
Victory, Expansion, Fragmentation: The U.S. Navy, 1845-1861, 2008   Harold D. Langley     63
The Union Navy, 1861-1865, 1978   Dana M. Wegner     84
The Confederate Navy, 1861-1865, 1978   Frank J. Merli     98
Maintaining "An American Navy," 1865-1889, 1978   Lance C. Buhl     112
Taking Our Share in the Turmoil of the World: America Builds a New Navy, 1890-1900, 2008   Jan S. Breemer     134
Defending the New Empire, 1901-1914, 1978   Richard W. Turk     154
The U.S. Navy in a World at War, 1914-1919, 1978   David F. Trask     169
An Evolving Navy of GreatComplexity, 1919-1941, 2008   Branden Little     182
Fighting a Global War, 1941-1945, 1978   Robert William Love Jr.     203
Charting a New Course at Sea, 1945-1953, 2008   Gary E. Weir     225
The Creation of the Cold War Navy, 1953-1962, 1978   Floyd D. Kennedy Jr.     243
Confronting All Enemies: The U.S. Navy, 1962-1980, 2008   Jonathan E. Czarnecki     261
In Search of a Maritime Strategy: The U.S. Navy, 1981-2008, 2008   Kenneth J. Hagan   Michael T. McMaster     281
Bibliography     299
Index     321
About the Editors and Contributors     341
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