Navies of Europe: 1815-2002

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Addison-Wesley Longman Limited, 2002 - History - 384 pages
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  • Sea and navies hugely popular dimension of military history
  • Provides brilliant combination of the technical (size, speed, weapons, torpedoes, air craft carrier design design generally) and strategic
  • Covers many of the key conflicts of the modern world: WW1 and WW2, Franco-Prussian War, Crimean War
  • Offers in depth coverage of naval warfare and breakthroughs in tactics.
  • Only book to offer comparisons across Europe
  • Europe ruled the waves for most of the modern era and, even when its navies were eclipsed in size by the US force, they continued to dominate world wars. How did they compare? Whose was the biggest and the best? How did the British Royal Navy square up to its continental competitors? In this unique history of Europe's naval forces, Lawrence Sondhaus charts the development of naval warfare from the transition to steam to recent actions in the Persian Gulf. Combining detailed technical information such as, size, speed, weapons, torpedoes, and aircraft carrier design, with an in-depth comparison of warfare and tactics across some of the key conflicts of the modern world, "Navies of Europe" is an absorbing account of European seapower, past and present.

    Lawrence Sondhaus is Professor of History at the University of Indianapolis. His many books include Naval Warfare, 1815-1914 (2001) and Preparing for Weltpolitik: German Sea Power before the Tirpitz Era (1997).

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    Midcentury Transitions 184055
    The Emergence of the Armored Warship 185578
    Torpedo Warfare Cruisers and the Jeune Ecole 187889

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    Lawrence Sondhaus is associate professor in the department of history and political science at the University of Indianapolis. He is the author of "Naval Warfare, 1815-1914" (2000); "Franz Conrad von Hotzendorf: Architect of the Apocalypse" (2000); "Preparing for Weltpolitik: German Sea Power before the Tirpitz Era" (1997); and two volumes on the Austrian navy.

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