Historical Dictionary of the United States Navy (Google eBook)
The United States Navy has evolved in the last century and a half from humble and often frustrating beginnings during and after the Revolutionary War to become the strongest navy in the world with responsibilities that span the globe. The story of the Navy from its birth through the Civil War and other 19th century conflicts through its victories of World War I and World War II and down to the current efforts in the Middle East to maintain the peace not only for the United States but also for other nations as the world's primary peace-keeper has been one of responding to the call of duty, as captured by its unofficial motto Non sibi sed patriae ("Not self but country"). No other nation's navy past or present can match its successes and history.
The second edition of Historical Dictionary of the United States Navy covers U.S. Naval developments, personnel, and engagements from the colonial times to the present day. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on people, places, events and other terminology of the Navy. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the United States Navy.
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Updating their 1998 first edition, Morris (Readings in American Military History) and Kearns (head, bibliographic control, Earl Gregg Swem Library) define the people, ships, planes, locations, munitions, navigation systems, technical terms, and actions shaping the U.S. Navy since Colonial times. Preceding the 600 succinct, fully cross-referenced, paragraph-long entries is a helpful listing of acronyms, ship types, and a naval chronology, which locates branch origins in mid-1775. A 12-page introduction offers an essay-style overview of naval history, subdivided by major engagement. A 45-page bibliography, divided chronologically by conflict, offers a vital springboard to additional research. Essential for naval historians.