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Naval Warfare

A Global History since 1860

Jeremy Black

The modern age of naval warfare began with the combination of steam power, iron warships, and modern artillery, which launched an intense period of international competition. Tracing naval warfare from the 1860s into the future, noted historian Jeremy Black provides a dynamic account of strategy and warfare worldwide. He focuses on the interplay of technological development, geopolitics, and resource issues to assess not only the role of leading powers but all those involved in naval conflict. Emphasizing conflict and changes since 1945 and, notably, since the end of the Cold War, the author considers possible future developments of navies, their challengers, and the geopolitics of maritime power. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 300Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4422-7041-1 • Hardback • January 2017 • $89.00 • (£60.00)
978-1-4422-7631-4 • Paperback • January 2017 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
978-1-4422-7042-8 • eBook • January 2017 • $33.00 • (£22.95)
Jeremy Black graduated from Cambridge University with a Starred First and did graduate work at Oxford University before teaching at the University of Durham and then at the University of Exeter, where he is professor of history. His recent books include Air Power: A Global History and Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: A Global History.

Chapter 1: The Age of the Ironclad, 1860-80
Chapter 2: Naval Dreams and Races, 1880-1913
Chapter 3: The First World War, 1914-18
Chapter 4: Aftermath, 1919-31
Chapter 5: Preparing for War, 1932-9
Chapter 6: Naval Armageddon, 1939-45
Chapter 7: Cold War: The Age of American Dominance, 1946-67
Chapter 8: Cold War: America under Greater Challenge, 1967-89
Chapter 9: After the Cold War, since 1990
Chapter 10: Into the Future
Chapter 11: Conclusions
Selected Further Reading
In Naval Warfare: A Global History, the acclaimed historian Jeremy Black presents a fascinating, lucid study on sea power, maritime strategy, and naval transformation. Starting with the birth of modern navies in the middle of the nineteenth century and ranging to our own times, Black examines the strategic, operational, and force-planning dilemmas faced by leaders who build and use naval might. At a time when the United States and the great powers of Asia are acquiring ever-greater capabilities to contest control of the maritime commons, Black’s insights into naval strategy and warfare are sorely needed. Naval Warfare should be read by all who are interested in grand strategy and the role of sea power in determining the fate of nations.
John H. Maurer, U.S. Naval War College

This is the rare book that will appeal to a wide audience, including the general reader seeking an engaging overview as well as the naval specialist, who will benefit from the insights of the foremost interpreter of modern military history on the macrolevel. From his analysis of the introduction of the ironclad to his assessment of the present and future of the world’s navies, Jeremy Black offers an appreciation of the broader contexts not often found in works of naval history.
Lawrence Sondhaus, University of Indianapolis

Jeremy Black excels in laying out wide-ranging themes, bringing forward neglected aspects of a subject, and creating a narrative full of fascinating detail to provide his readers with some provocative conclusions and considerations for the present day. This talent is fully displayed in this new study of naval warfare. Black’s analysis sharply demonstrates the complexity and significance of naval warfare over the last one hundred and fifty years and poses important questions for our understanding of the role of navies in the future.
Richard Harding, University of Westminster

Written by a leading authority on military history

The only recent book to offer a history of naval warfare with a global sweep

Focuses on the interplay of technological development, geopolitics, and resource issues to provide a dynamic account of strategy and warfare

• Commended, A selection of the Military History Book Club (2016)