American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2018 - History - 168 pages
This fast-paced narrative charts the history of the US Navy from its birth during the American Revolution through to its current superpower status. The story highlights iconic moments of great drama pivotal to the nation's fortunes: John Paul Jones' attacks on the British during the Revolution, the Barbary Wars, and the arduous conquest of Iwo Jima.

American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction illuminates the changes--technological, institutional, and functional--of the U.S. Navy from its days as a small frigate navy through the age of steam and steel to the modern era of electronics and missiles. Renowned naval historian Craig L. Symonds captures the evolving culture of the navy and debates between policymakers about what role the institution should play in world affairs. Internal and external challenges dramatically altered the size and character of the navy, with long periods of quiet inertia alternating with periods of crisis that spurred rapid expansion. The history of the navy reflects the history of the nation as a whole, and its many changes derive in large part from the changing role of the United States itself.

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Contents

the Revolutionary War 17751783
1
the Age of Sail 17831809
12
the War of 1812
24
pirates slavers and manifest destiny 18201850
34
the Civil War navy 18501865
45
Chapter 6 The doldrums and the new navy 18651900
57
the US Navy and World War I 19001939
68
the US Navy in World War II 19391945
80
the Cold War navy 19451975
97
Chapter 10 The US Navy in the twentyfirst century
110
References
123
Further reading
127
Index
135
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Craig L. Symonds is Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College. He is the author of fourteen previous books, including The Battle of Midway, The Civil War at Sea, Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings, and Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History, which won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize in 2006.

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