The Last Century of Sea Power

Written by one of our foremost military historians, this volume acknowledges the complex nature of this transformation, focusing on imperialism, the growth of fleets, changes in shipbuilding and armament technology, and doctrines about the ...

Author: H. P. Willmott

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253003560

Category: History

Page: 568

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The transition to modern war at sea began during the period of the Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895) and the Spanish-American War (1898) and was propelled forward rapidly by the advent of the dreadnought and the nearly continuous state of war that culminated in World War I. By 1922, most of the elements that would define sea power in the 20th century were in place. Written by one of our foremost military historians, this volume acknowledges the complex nature of this transformation, focusing on imperialism, the growth of fleets, changes in shipbuilding and armament technology, and doctrines about the deployment and use of force at sea, among other factors. There is careful attention to the many battles fought at sea during this period and their impact on the future of sea power. The narrative is supplemented by a wide range of reference materials, including a detailed census of capital ships built during this period and a remarkable chronology of actions at sea during World War I.
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The Last Century of Sea Power

In this second volume of his history of naval power in the 20th century, H. P. Willmott follows the fortunes of the established seafaring nations of Europe along with two upstarts—the United States and Japan.

Author: H. P. Willmott

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253004093

Category: History

Page: 704

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In this second volume of his history of naval power in the 20th century, H. P. Willmott follows the fortunes of the established seafaring nations of Europe along with two upstarts—the United States and Japan. Emerging from World War I in command of the seas, Great Britain saw its supremacy weakened through neglect and in the face of more committed rivals. Britain’s grand Coronation Review of 1937 marked the apotheosis of a sea power slipping into decline. Meanwhile, Britain’s rivals and soon-to-be enemies were embarking on significant naval building programs that would soon change the nature of war at sea in ways that neither they nor their rivals anticipated. By the end of a new world war, the United States had taken command of two oceans, having placed its industrial might behind technologies that further defined the arena of naval power above and below the waves, where stealth and the ability to strike at great distance would soon rewrite the rules of war and of peace. This splendid volume further enhances Willmott’s stature as the dean of naval historians.
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Last Century of Sea Power

In this second volume of his history of naval power in the 20th century, H.P. Willmott follows the fortunes of the established seafaring nations of Europe along with two upstarts-the United States and Japan.

Author: H. P. Willmott

Publisher:

ISBN: 0254004091

Category: Naval history, Modern

Page: 679

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The Last Century of Sea Power From Washington to Tokyo 1922 1945

In this second volume of his history of naval power in the 20th century, H. P. Willmott follows the fortunes of the established seafaring nations of Europe along with two upstarts—the United States and Japan.

Author: H. P. Willmott

Publisher:

ISBN: 0253353599

Category: Naval history, Modern

Page: 704

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In this second volume of his history of naval power in the 20th century, H. P. Willmott follows the fortunes of the established seafaring nations of Europe along with two upstarts--the United States and Japan. Emerging from World War I in command of the seas, Great Britain saw its supremacy weakened through neglect and in the face of more committed rivals. Britain's grand Coronation Review of 1937 marked the apotheosis of a sea power slipping into decline. Meanwhile, Britain's rivals and soon-to-be enemies were embarking on significant naval building programs that would soon change the nature of war at sea in ways that neither they nor their rivals anticipated. By the end of a new world war, the United States had taken command of two oceans, having placed its industrial might behind technologies that further defined the arena of naval power above and below the waves, where stealth and the ability to strike at great distance would soon rewrite the rules of war and of peace. This splendid volume further enhances Willmott's stature as the dean of naval historians.
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Churchill and Sea Power

Examines the leader's record as a naval strategist and his impact on naval power, seeking to debunk misconceptions about his failed campaigns and devasting losses during both World Wars.

Author: Christopher M. Bell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199693573

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 429

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Examines the leader's record as a naval strategist and his impact on naval power, seeking to debunk misconceptions about his failed campaigns and devasting losses during both World Wars.
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Twenty First Century Seapower

While foreigners may hint at sinister motives and seek a grand narrative or a “
usable past” to justify India's growth as a maritime power, an Indian feels no such
compulsion. He sees his country as a huge peninsulajutting 1,000 kilometers into
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Author: Peter Dutton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136316968

Category: History

Page: 344

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This book offers an assessment of the naval policies of emerging naval powers, and the implications for maritime security relations and the global maritime order. Since the end of the Cold War, China, Japan, India and Russia have begun to challenge the status quo with the acquisition of advanced naval capabilities. The emergence of rising naval powers is a cause for concern, as the potential for great power instability is exacerbated by the multiple maritime territorial disputes among new and established naval powers. This work explores the underlying sources of maritime ambition through an analysis of various historical cases of naval expansionism. It analyses both the sources and dynamics of international naval competition, and looks at the ways in which maritime stability and the widespread benefits of international commerce and maritime resource extraction can be sustained through the twenty-first century. This book will be of much interest to students of naval power, Asian security and politics, strategic studies, security studies and IR in general.
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Sea Power and the Asia Pacific

This is particularly the case when examining Australian perceptions on, and the
use of, sea power over the last century or so. The importance of sea power is
inextricably 'linked' to Australia, because Australia was discovered, settled,
protected ...

Author: Geoffrey Till

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136627231

Category: History

Page: 296

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With particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region, this book examines the rise and fall of sea powers. In the Asia-Pacific region there has been significant expansion of sea-based economies together with burgeoning naval power. Many claim that these processes will transform the world’s future economic and security relationships. The book addresses the question of to what extent the notion of ‘Asia rising’ is reflected by and dependent on its developing sea power. A central theme is the Chinese challenge to long-term Western maritime ascendency and what might be the consequences of this. In order to situate current and future developments this book includes chapters which analyse what sea power means and has meant, as well as its role, both historic and contemporary, in the rise and fall of great powers. This book will be of much interest to students of naval power, Asian politics, strategic studies, war and conflict studies, IR and security studies.
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The Life of Nelson

A highly influential biography of Nelson, first published in 1897, providing a tactical and historical analysis of his naval career.

Author: Alfred Thayer Mahan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108026055

Category: History

Page: 492

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A highly influential biography of Nelson, first published in 1897, providing a tactical and historical analysis of his naval career.
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The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660 1783

Though technological advances over the last century have revolutionized warfare
, The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783 remains a classic text on
the history, strategy, and comprehension of commercial and military command of
 ...

Author: Alfred Thayer Mahan

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN: 1455606340

Category: Europe

Page: 557

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Power at Sea

"[Volume 1] Traces the social issues, technological advances, and combative encounters of the international naval race from 1890 through WWI, as the largest industrial nations (U.S, Great Britain, Japan, and Germany) scrambled to secure ...

Author: Lisle A. Rose

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826216830

Category: History

Page: 355

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"[Volume 1] Traces the social issues, technological advances, and combative encounters of the international naval race from 1890 through WWI, as the largest industrial nations (U.S, Great Britain, Japan, and Germany) scrambled to secure global markets and empire, using their battleship navies as pawns of power politics"--Provided by publisher.
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Seapower as Strategy

Rare among books on naval strategy, this work combines an examination of the vital role of coalition partners, especially those with significant ground forces, with a comprehensive survey of relevant technology and the way that strategy can ...

Author: Norman Friedman

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 1557502919

Category: History

Page: 352

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A noted defense analyst and naval weapons expert lays out the roles of navies and naval strategy in the twenty-first century. Drawing upon historical examples, Norman Friedman first explains how and why naval strategy differs from other kinds of military strategy and then provides a sense of the special flavor of a maritime or naval approach to national security problems. The various uses of navies are described and illustrated by extended case studies covering the last quarter-millennium. Friedman presents these observations in the context of U.S. post-Cold War security concerns and concepts. He explains how and why the United States currently espouses a maritime strategy and argues that navies are likely to regain a dominant position due to changes both in their own technology and in air and ground forces. He urges countries with the appropriate geographical and economic advantages, namely the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia, to use their inherent maritime leverage. Rare among books on naval strategy, this work combines an examination of the vital role of coalition partners, especially those with significant ground forces, with a comprehensive survey of relevant technology and the way that strategy can be reflected in the design of an evolving fleet. The author is known for his ability to explain modern technology to lay audiences, and his book is suitable for all those interested in public policy questions as well as national security professionals and students of strategy. The book's publication at a time of potential change in U.S. national strategy only reinforces its value as a document worthy of study.
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The Crisis of French Sea Power 1688 1697

The change in naval policy that took place in the Nine Years War inaugurated a
debate on maritime strategy that was to continue well into the nineteenth century.
" The last decade of the seventeenth century is therefore a crucial period ...

Author: Geoffrey Symcox

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401020725

Category: History

Page: 268

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The French navy that fought in the Nine Years War was essentially Colbert's creation. Earlier in the century Richelieu had given France the beginnings of a navy: ships, ports, a corps of officers and an administra tive structure. But most of his work was undone by neglect in the years after his death, and the task of making France a maritime power had to begin again under Louis XIV. Colbert's efforts to build a navy were distinguished by the same stubborn energy that he brought to all his other tasks. Behind his desire for naval might lay his vision of France as the first commercial power in Europe, for he saw clearly that mercantile preponderance could never be achieved without the backing of a strong fleet of warships. Trade would follow the flag, as he believed it had for his envied models and perpetual rivals, the Dutch. Soon after Louis XIV's assumption of power, Colbert set about the enOImOUS labour of resurrecting the navy founded by Richelieu; he soon found that the task was really one of creation, virtually ex nihilo. Ships or built, sailors recruited, captains enticed home from were purchased service under foreign flags, bases planned and constructed, an adminis trative system established.
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Japan s Sea Lane Security

It examines how SLOC security has evolved over the last century by drawing
upon 'classical'theories of sea power, the evidence of the two world wars, the
Cold War and the post-Cold War period. I aim mainly to identify general
principles as a ...

Author: Euan Graham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134250929

Category: Political Science

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This is the first major English-language study to explore the broad and longstanding connections between Japan’s national security and the safety of its sea lanes. Tracing issues from pre-and post-1945 eras, the book explores how Japan’s concerns with sea lane protection have developed across such diverse fields as military strategy, diplomacy, trade policy, energy security, and law enforcement. Drawing upon case study material and primary research including interviews with officials and security analysts, the book presents a chronological analysis of Japan’s sea lane security. While Japan’s security policies have recently undergone relatively rapid change, a historical treatment of sea lane security issues reveals long-term continuity in security policymakers’ perceptions and responses regarding Japan's defence and foreign policy. Revealing a neglected but important aspect of Japan’s military and economic security, the book investigates why officials and analysts continue to portray the defence of Japan’s sea lanes as ‘a matter of life and death’.
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A Companion to World War II

But our ​ conceptualization of the conflict is improved if we also think in terms of
the war and the sea. Such a ... Padfield's MaritimeDominion and the
Triumphofthe Free World(2009) and H. P.Willmott's The LastCentury of Sea
Power (2010).

Author: Thomas W. Zeiler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118325056

Category: History

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A Companion to World War II brings together a series offresh academic perspectives on World War II, exploring the manycultural, social, and political contexts of the war. Essay topicsrange from American anti-Semitism to the experiences ofFrench-African soldiers, providing nearly 60 new contributions tothe genre arranged across two comprehensive volumes. A collection of original historiographic essays that includecutting-edge research Analyzes the roles of neutral nations during the war Examines the war from the bottom up through the experiences ofdifferent social classes Covers the causes, key battles, and consequences of thewar
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Tudor Sea Power

During the last half of the century detailed charts of the Caribbean and coast of
the Americas became available. This one of 1572 provides many direction lines
for passage planning and shows the position of the seldom visited Bermudas
with ...

Author: David Childs

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473819924

Category: History

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In the sixteenth century England turned from being an insignifcant part of an offshore island into a nation respected and feared in Europe. This was not achieved through empire building, conquest, large armies, treaties, marriage alliances, trade or any of the other traditional means of exercising power. Indeed England was successful in few of these. Instead she based her power and eventual supremacy on the creation of a standing professional navy which firstly would control her coasts and those of her rivals, and then threaten their trade around the world. This emergence of a sea-power brought with it revolutionary ship designs and new weapon-fits, all with the object of making English warships feared on the seas in which they sailed. Along with this came the absorption of new navigational skills and a breed of sailor who fought for his living. Indeed, the English were able to harness the avarice of the merchant and the ferocity of the pirate to the needs of the state to create seamen who feared God and little else. Men schooled as corsairs rose to command the state's navy and their background and self-belief defeated all who came against them. This is their story; the story of how seizing command of the sea with violent intent led to the birth of the greatest seaborne empire the world has ever seen.
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The Battle of Leyte Gulf

This book is a detailed and comprehensive account of the fighting from both sides.

Author: H. P. Willmott

Publisher:

ISBN: 025301901X

Category: History

Page: 424

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The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the greatest naval engagement in history. The battle was four separate actions, none of which were fought in the Gulf itself, and the result was the destruction of Japanese naval power in the Pacific. This book is a detailed and comprehensive account of the fighting from both sides. It provides the context of the battle, most obviously in terms of Japanese calculations and the search for "a fitting place to die" and "the chance to bloom as flowers of death." Using Japanese material never previously noted in western accounts, H. P. Willmott provides new perspectives on the unfolding of the battle and very deliberately seeks to give readers a proper understanding of the importance of this battle for American naval operations in the following month. This careful interrogation of the accounts of "the last fleet action" is a significant contribution to military history.
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Seapower

A Guide for the Twenty-First Century Geoffrey Till ... Our navy is addressed, our
power collected . ... both for what they reflect about the contemporary world and
for how they affect it, is, if anything, even more obvious today than it was last time.

Author: Geoffrey Till

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136255557

Category: History

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This is the third, revised and fully updated, edition of Geoffrey Till's Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century. The rise of the Chinese and other Asian navies, worsening quarrels over maritime jurisdiction and the United States’ maritime pivot towards the Asia-Pacific region reminds us that the sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources, and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic dominion. It has provided the basis for mankind's prosperity and security, and this is even more true in the early 21st century, with the emergence of an increasingly globalized world trading system. Navies have always provided a way of policing, and sometimes exploiting, the system. In contemporary conditions, navies, and other forms of maritime power, are having to adapt, in order to exert the maximum power ashore in the company of others and to expand the range of their interests, activities and responsibilities. While these new tasks are developing fast, traditional ones still predominate. Deterrence remains the first duty of today’s navies, backed up by the need to ‘fight and win’ if necessary. How navies and their states balance these two imperatives will tell us a great deal about our future in this increasingly maritime century. This book investigates the consequences of all this for the developing nature, composition and functions of all the world's significant navies, and provides a guide for anyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century. Seapower is essential reading for all students of naval power, maritime security and naval history, and highly recommended for students of strategic studies, international security and International Relations.
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Seapower and Naval Warfare 1650 1830

How this happened is a critical question for the development of naval power in
the eighteenth century. ... The battlefleet was an essential element, but the
diplomatic impact of seapower depended in the last resort on the capability of
states to ...

Author: Dr Richard Harding

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135364861

Category: History

Page: 376

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From the author of "Amphibious Warfare in the Eighteenth Century" and "The Evolution of the Sailing Navy, 1509-1815", this book serves as a single- volume survey of war at sea and the expansion of naval power in the 18th century. The book is intended for undergraduate courses on 18th century European history, and for amateur and professional military historians, and for navy colleges, and navy and ex-navy professionals.
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War at Sea in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Ernest J King Professor of Maritime History Chairman Maritime History
Department and Director Naval War College ... THE STATE OF PORTUGUESE
NAVAL FORCES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY Francisco Contente
Domingues Portuguese sea - power was , in its day and for its time ...
methodologies and criteria adopted which inevitably and , as expected ,
conditioned any final conclusions drawn .

Author: Ernest J King Professor of Maritime History Chairman Maritime History Department and Director Naval War College Museum John B Hattendorf

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 0851159036

Category: History

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The role and characteristics of armed force at sea in western Europe and the Mediterranean prior to 1650.
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