Europe ruled the waves for most of the modern era and even when its navies were eclipsed in size by the US force, they continued to dominate world wars. In this unique history of Europe's naval forces, Larry Sondhaus charts the development of naval warfare from the transition to steam to recent actions in the Persian Gulf. Combining detailed technical information with an in-depth comparison of warfare and tactics across some of the key conflicts of the modern world, this is an absorbing account of European and British seapower, past and present.
Table of Contents
1. From Sail to Steam, 1815-40. 2. Midcentury Transitions, 1840-55. 3. The Emergence of the Armored Warship, 1855-78. 4. Torpedo Warfare, Cruisers, and the Jeune École, 1878-89. 5. The Battleship Renaissance, 1889-1906. 6. The Dreadnought Era and First World War, 1906-22. 7. The Interwar Period and Second World War, 1922-45. 8. European Navies in the Era of the Cold War, 1945-91. 9. The Present and Future of European Navies.