Progressives in Navy Blue: Maritime Strategy, American Empire, and the Transformation of U.S. Naval Identity, 1873-1898

Progressives in Navy Blue: Maritime Strategy, American Empire, and the Transformation of U.S. Naval Identity, 1873-1898

by Scott Mobley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682471937
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Series: Studies in Naval History and Sea Power Series
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Scott Mobley earned a PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. A former surface warfare officer, Mobley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 "Close Hauled, Port Tack, All Plain Sail and Steam": The Culture of the Quarterdeck 21

2 "The Fleet of To-morrow": Progress and Professionalization in the Postwar Navy 56

3 "The Ocean Is a Great Chess-board": The Strategical Awakening 81

4 "The Essence of Intelligence Work": Strategy Infiltrates the Office of Naval Intelligence 114

5 "A Real Navy": The War Navy 141

6 "To 'Organize Victory' in Advance": The Naval War College and the Culture of Strategy 181

7 "The Means to the End": The Navy's Culture Wars, 1887-97 206

8 "War Cannot Be Made by Rule of Thumb": Strategic Acculturation and Practice in the Navy; 1894-97 234

Epilogue 264

Notes 271

Bibliography 363

Index 385

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