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The Last Century of Sea Power
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The transition to modern war at sea began during the period of the Sino-Japanese War (1894--1895) and the Spanish-American War (1898) and was propelled forward rapidly by the advent of the dreadnought and the nearly continuous state of war that culminated in World War I. By 1922, most of the elements that would define sea power in the 20th century were in place. Written by one of our foremost military historians, this volume acknowledges the complex nature of this transformation, focusing on imperialism, the growth of fleets, changes in shipbuilding and armament technology, and doctrines about the deployment and use of force at sea, among other factors. There is careful attention to the many battles fought at sea during this period and their impact on the future of sea power. The narrative is supplemented by a wide range of reference materials, including a detailed census of capital ships built during this period and a remarkable chronology of actions at sea during World War I.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Maps
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Part 1. Definitions and Terms of Reference
  2. p. 1
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. One The Sino-Japanese War, 1894–1895
  2. pp. 19-27
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  1. Appendix 1.1. The Pacific and the East Indies in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 28-30
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  1. Two The Greco-Turkish War of 1897
  2. pp. 31-36
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  1. Three The Spanish-American War of 1898
  2. pp. 37-49
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  1. Appendix 3.1. The Actions in the Philippines and the American Order of Battle
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Appendix 3.2. The Campaign on Puerto Rico
  2. p. 52
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  1. Four The Shifting Balance of Power
  2. pp. 53-61
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  1. Appendix 4.1. The German 1898 Building Program
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Appendix 4.2. The Boxer Rebellion and South Africa
  2. pp. 64-66
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  1. Part 2. From Port Arthur to Bucharest, 1898 to 1913
  2. p. 67
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 69-73
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  1. Five The Russo-Japanese War: The First Phases
  2. pp. 74-100
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  1. Appendix 5.1. Submarines and the Russo-Japanese War
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Appendix 5.2. The Japanese Attack at Port Arthur, 8 February 1904
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. Appendix 5.3. The Second and Third Blocking Operations
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. Appendix 5.4. The Order of Battle in the Action of 10 August 1904
  2. p. 107
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  1. Appendix 5.5. The Fate of Russian Ships with the 1st Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur
  2. pp. 108-110
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  1. Six The Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Tsushima and Its Aftermath
  2. pp. 111-127
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  1. Appendix 6.1. The Fate of Russian Ships with the 2nd and 3rd Pacific Squadrons
  2. pp. 128-129
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  1. Appendix 6.2. Japanese Warships Sunk and Damaged at the Battle off Tsushima
  2. pp. 130-131
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  1. Appendix 6.3. The Campaign on Sakhalin
  2. pp. 132-133
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  1. Appendix 6.4. The Opening of the Portsmouth Conference
  2. p. 134
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  1. Seven The Dreadnought Naval Race
  2. pp. 135-148
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  1. Appendix 7.1. British and German Battleship and Battlecruiser Programs and Construction, 1905–1914: Summary by Year
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. Appendix 7.2. British and German Capital Ship Programs and Construction, 1905–1913
  2. pp. 151-159
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  1. Appendix 7.3. The Battleships and Battlecruisers of the Major Powers, 1905–1913
  2. pp. 160-164
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  1. Eight Prelude to the First World War
  2. pp. 165-186
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  1. Part 3. From Sarajevo to Constantinople, 1914 to 1922
  2. p. 187
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 189-204
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  1. Appendix Part 3. Intro.1 British Trade in the First World War
  2. p. 205
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  1. a. The Volume of Imports Entering British ports in 1913,1917, and 1918 by Commodities
  2. pp. 206-207
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  1. b. Cargoes and British Ports, 1913–1919
  2. pp. 208-210
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  1. Appendix Part 3. Intro. 2 Shipping and the Major Allied and Neutral Powers in the First World War: Gains and Losses
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. Nine The War in Northern Waters
  2. pp. 215-234
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  1. Appendix 9.1. The Battle off Heligoland, 28 August 1914
  2. pp. 235-236
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  1. Appendix 9.2. The Battles off Coronel, 1 November, and the Falklands, 8 December 1914
  2. pp. 237-239
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  1. Appendix 9.3. The Battle off the Dogger Bank, 24 January 1915
  2. pp. 240-241
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  1. Appendix 9.4. The Battle of Jutland, 31 May–1 June 1916
  2. pp. 242-248
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  1. Appendix 9.5. The Scale of Convoy Escorts Assigned to Various Ports, 1917–1918 and the Expansion of the British Navy between 1914 and 1918
  2. p. 249
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  1. a. The Scale of Convoy Escorts assigned to Various Ports, 1917–1918
  2. p. 250
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  1. b. The Wartime Expansion of the British Navy
  2. pp. 251-254
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  1. Appendix 9.6. Convoys and Losses: May 1917–November 1918
  2. pp. 255-257
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  1. Appendix 9.7. U-boat and Shipping Losses in the First World War
  2. p. 258
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  1. b. German Figures Relating to the Sinkings of Allied and Neutral Merchantmen by Submarines and by Regional Commands
  2. pp. 263-265
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  1. Appendix 9.8 The Campaign against Shipping: High Seasand Coastal Convoy Sailings and Losses
  2. p. 266
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  1. a. Convoys to and from British Waters
  2. pp. 267-268
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  1. b. Coastal and Short-Haul Convoys
  2. p. 269
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  1. Ten Tsingtao and the Dardanelles
  2. pp. 270-286
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  1. Eleven Naval Support of Operations in Africa
  2. pp. 287-294
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  1. Twelve Action in the Baltic
  2. pp. 295-301
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  1. Thirteen The Black Sea, Otranto Strait, and Other Matters
  2. pp. 302-318
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  1. Appendix 13.1 “Other” German Units outside European Waters
  2. pp. 319-320
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  1. Appendix 13.2 Russian Destroyer and Torpedo-Boat Losses in the Baltic and Black Seas
  2. pp. 321-322
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  1. Fourteen The Legacy of the First World War
  2. pp. 323-344
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  1. Appendix 14.1 Warship and Auxiliary Losses, 1914–1918
  2. p. 345
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  1. a. Tabular Representation of Warship and Auxiliary Losses of the Allied and the Central Powers, 1914–1918
  2. pp. 346-347
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  1. b. Battleships and Battlecruisers Lost in the Course of the First World War
  2. pp. 348-349
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  1. Appendix 14.2 The Arrival of British Imperial and Dominion Formations in Europe
  2. pp. 350-352
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  1. Part 4. Not So Much Finis as . . .
  2. p. 353
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 355-359
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  1. Appendix Conclu.1 The Battleships, Battlecruisers, Aircraft Carriers, and Cruisers with the British Navy, 1913 and 1935
  2. pp. 360-368
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  1. Chronology of the First World War at Sea
  2. pp. 369-442
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 443-496
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 497-508
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 509-530
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  1. Index of Warships, Auxiliaries and Merchantmen, and Submarines
  2. pp. 531-543
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