Navalism and the Emergence of American Sea Power, 1882-1893

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Overview

In just eleven years the U.S. Navy evolved from a twelfth-ranked sea power to a first-rate imperial fleet due mostly to the efforts of a small group of savvy politicians, writers, and naval officers called navalists. This study analyzes the origins of American sea power for a totally balanced view of the efforts involved.
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Between 1882 and 1893 the US Navy evolved from a 12th-ranked sea power to a first-rate imperial fleet due mostly to the efforts of a small group of politicians, writers, and naval officers--including Theodore Roosevelt, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Stephen B. Luce, and James R. Soley--who managed to change fundamental notions Americans held about their country's relationship to the sea and to other nations. This study summarizes recent scholarship on the origins of American sea power and puts forth the author's own suggestions on the political and social factors that shaped it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557507662
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Influence of History upon Sea Power: The Navalist Reinterpretation of the War of 1812 9
Prenavalist Interpretations 10
New Historical Interpretations: Navalists 13
New Historical Interpretations: Generalists 21
The Feeble Voice of Dissent 23
2 Cleaning Up the Act: Reorganizing and Rebuilding the Navy 26
Naval Administration 26
Facilities 33
Ships 36
Men 39
3 Selling the Navy: Popularization of the Service 46
To Be Read 47
To Be Seen 50
To Be Done 54
4 The Old Navy's Pacific 58
Pacific and Asiatic 58
Shufeldt's Pacific 60
Pacific Policies of the Old Navy 67
Officers of the Old Navy 71
5 The New Navy's Pacific 76
Mahan's Pacific 77
Officers of the New Navy 84
Policy for a New Ocean 90
6 The Best Defense Is a Defense 95
Origins of the New Navy 95
Defense on the Defensive 99
The First New Navy 102
7 The Best Defense Is an Offense 117
Strategy and Construction 117
Strategy and Politics 118
1886: The First Battleships 119
1887: Holding the Line 124
1888: The Rise and Fall of the Cruiser 126
1889: Tracy Takes the Offensive 127
1890: Annus Mirabilis 128
1891: Temporary Setback 134
1892: Strange Politics 135
1893: Denouement 137
8 The Whole Flapdoodle Pacifist and Mollycoddler Outfit 139
Economics and Empire 139
Peace Movements 142
Carl Schurz and Dissent 147
9 The Triumph of Navalism 151
Postscript: Navalism at Work 159
Postscript: Honolulu, Hawaii, in January 1893 159
Notes 163
Selected Bibliography 211
Index 233
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