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.
List of Figures and Tables Introduction Alan James, Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza, and Malcolm Murfett Chapter One: European Navies and Princely Power Alan James Chapter Two: The Seventeenth Century. A First Age of Modern Naval Warfare Alan James Chapter Three: Globalisation and Escalation, 1715-1815 Alan James Chapter Four: The Vienna Settlement, 1815-1854 Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza Chapter Five: The Collapse of the Congress System Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza Chapter Six: The Age of Empire, 1870-1914 Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza Chapter Seven: The First World War. Blockade, Neutrality, and the Submarine Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza Chapter Eight: 1919-1939, A Time of Fractured Peace Malcolm Murfett Chapter Nine: European Navies and the War at Sea, 1939-42 Malcolm Murfett Chapter Ten: Redemption, 1943-45 Malcolm Murfett Conclusion Alan James, Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza, and Malcolm Murfett Index