European Navies and the Conduct of War

1st Edition

Carlos Alfaro-Zaforteza, Alan James, Malcolm H Murfett

Routledge
Published July 23, 2018
Textbook - 302 Pages
ISBN 9780415678919 - CAT# Y120219

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Summary

European Navies and the Conduct of War considers the different contexts within which European navies operated over a period of 500 years culminating in World War Two, the greatest war ever fought at sea.

Taking a predominantly continental point of view, the book moves away from the typically British-centric approach taken to naval history as it considers the role of European navies in the development of modern warfare, from its medieval origins to the large-scale, industrial, total war of the twentieth century. Along with this growth of navies as instruments of war, the book also explores the long rise of the political and popular appeal of navies, from the princes of late medieval Europe, to the enthusiastic crowds that greeted the modern fleets of the great powers, followed by their reassessment through their great trial by combat, firmly placing the development of modern navies into the broader history of the period.

Chronological in structure, European Navies and the Conduct of War is an ideal resource for students and scholars of naval and military history.

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