America, Sea Power, and the World

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 29, 2016 - History - 408 pages
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The history of the United States is intimately and inextricably linked to the sea. For over 250 years the U.S. Navy has been the backbone of America’s presence abroad. This groundbreaking new study provides an accessible and engaging survey of U.S. naval history, tracing the relationship between the American Navy and the position of the United States on the global political stage. The volume places equal weight on the influence of major wartime campaigns and naval efforts to defend and expand America’s interests during times of peace. Designed to be accessible to students and scholars alike, the book contains a host of pedagogical features, including many illustrations and maps integrated with the text. Each chapter is enhanced with detailed sidebars featuring biographical sketches of influential leaders and descriptions of weapons and technological developments of the period.

Edited by one of the nation’s foremost authorities on naval history, America, Sea Power, and the World will be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the legacy of America’s maritime past.
 

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Contents

Sea Power and the Modern State System
1
The American War for Independence at Sea
11
Genesis of the US Navy 17851806
26
The Naval War of 1812 and the Confirmation of Independence 18071815
42
Agent of a Commercial Empire 18151890
58
Technological Revolution at Sea
74
Blockade and CounterBlockade
87
The Civil War on Rivers and Coastal Waters
101
World War II in the Atlantic and Mediterranean
193
Defense in the Pacific 19371943
210
Offensive in the Pacific 19431944
225
The Victory of Sea Power in the Pacific
242
The Uneasy Transition 19451953
259
Cold War Challenges 19531963
274
The Test of Vietnam
289
Contraction Reform and Revival
305

The New Navy 18651895
116
War with Spain and the Revolution in Naval Affairs 18951910
133
Defending Imperial Interests in Asia and the Caribbean 18981941
149
Naval Rivalry and World War I at Sea 19001920
163
The Navy in the Interwar Years
179
Worldwide War on Terrorism 19902015
323
QuoVadis?
339
Further Reading
355
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James C. Bradford is professor of naval and early American history at Texas A&M University. A past president of the North American Society for Oceanic History, he held the Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair in Naval Heritage at the U.S. Naval Academy, and was the recipient of the George H.W. Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Teaching and the Commodore Dudley W. Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naval Historical Foundation. Bradford has published several books, including the International Encyclopedia of Military History (2015), Command Under Sail: Makers of the American Naval Tradition (2013), and A Companion to American Military History (Wiley Blackwell, 2009).

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