It is a century since Mahan and his disciples taught the world that a battlefleet was indispensable to a great power. Great and not so great powers still keep powerful navies today, but we have no generally-accepted principles to explain why. In this book historians and naval officers from Britain, the United States and other countries study the use of naval power over a century, and ask what it is for, and what it can do. It will be essential reading for modern historians, policy-makers and strategists.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
Table of ContentsList of Abbreviations - Foreword; Admiral of the Fleet Sir Julian Oswald - Notes on the Contributors - Introduction; N.A.M.Rodger - Parameters of Power: the US Navy in the Twentieth Century; G.W.Baer - Luxury Fleet? The Seapower of (Soviet) Russia; G.Till - Imperial Germany and the Importance of Seapower; M.Epkenhans - The Opportunities of Technology: British and French Strategies in the Pacific, 1905-1909; N.A.Lambert - French Naval Strategy: A Naval Power in a Continental Perspective; H.Coutau-Begarie - The Indispensable Navy: Italy as a Great Power, 1911-43; J.J.Sadkovich - Japan and Seapower; I.Nish - German Naval Power in the First and Second World War; W.Rahn - Confusions and Constraints: the Navy and British Defence Planning between the Wars, 1919-39; D.A.Baugh - The Influence of History in Seapower: the Royal Navy in the Second World War; C.Barnett - Wings over the Sea: the Interaction of Air and Sea Power in the Mediterranean, 1940-42; M.Simpson - Seizing the Initiative: the Arctic Convoys 1944-45; A.D.Lambert - Blockade and the Royal Navy; D.Brown - Decolonization and Coastal Operations in the East Indies, 1945-58; G.Teitler - The Canadian Experience of Seapower; A.Douglas - Imperial Jetsam or National Guardians? The Navies of the Indian Sub-Continent, 1947-72; J.Goldrick - British Naval Planning post-1945; J.R.Hill - Partnership Spurned: The Royal Navy's Search for a Joint Maritime-Air Strategy East of Suez, 1961-63; E.Grove - American Naval Strategy in the Era of World War Three: an Inquiry into the Structure and Process of General War at Sea, 1945-90; D.A.Rosenberg - Index