Battleships: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 229 pages
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"Battleships" charts the dramatic evolution of this dominating war vessel. Coverage ranges from ancient galleys to the great ships of World War II to the present, with special emphasis on the ironclad era of the mid-19th century (which saw the greatest innovation over the shortest timespan in naval history) and the great 20th-century battleship race of the dreadnought era.

Written by expert military historian Stanley Sandler, "Battleships" provides insightful examinations of the technological and tactical aspects of important warships from around the world and across time. It also looks at the political and social factors driving the decision to produce battleships in different countries. No other volume has ever captured so completely the impact of the battleship as a weapon of war and a symbol of power.

  

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Contents

Wooden Battleships Through the Age of Fighting Sail 2000 BC1804
1
Steam Ironclads The Industrial Revolution at Sea 18001889
15
The Early Battleship Era 18891905
71
HMS Dreadnought and the Battleship During World War I 19061914
87
Battleships Between the World Wars 19181938
113
Battleships During World War II and After 1939 to the Present
125
Ironclads and Battleships Through History
153
Number of Completed Ironclads
199
Number of Completed Dreadnoughts
200
Lost Ironclads
201
Dreadnoughts Lost to Misadventure
203
Battleships Lost to Misadventure
205
Glossary
207
References
211
Index
217
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About the author (2004)

Stanley L. Sandler retired after 14 years as a command historian with the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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