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The Last Century of Sea Power
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In this second volume of his history of naval power in the 20th century, H. P. Willmott follows the fortunes of the established seafaring nations of Europe along with two upstarts -- the United States and Japan. Emerging from World War I in command of the seas, Great Britain saw its supremacy weakened through neglect and in the face of more committed rivals. Britain's grand Coronation Review of 1937 marked the apotheosis of a sea power slipping into decline. Meanwhile, Britain's rivals and soon-to-be enemies were embarking on significant naval building programs that would soon change the nature of war at sea in ways that neither they nor their rivals anticipated. By the end of a new world war, the United States had taken command of two oceans, having placed its industrial might behind technologies that further defined the arena of naval power above and below the waves, where stealth and the ability to strike at great distance would soon rewrite the rules of war and of peace. This splendid volume further enhances Willmott's stature as the dean of naval historians.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Chapter Appendixes
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. List of Maps and a Diagram
  2. p. xiii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Part 1. Naval Races and Wars
  2. p. 1
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  1. One: Introduction: Washington, London, and Two Very Separate Wars, 1921–1941
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Two: Washington and London
  2. pp. 7-41
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  1. Three: Ethiopia and Spain
  2. pp. 42-61
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  1. Four: Japan and Its “Special Undeclared War”
  2. pp. 62-79
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  1. Part 2. Introduction to the Second World War
  2. p. 81
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  1. Five: Navies, Sea Power, and Two or More Wars
  2. pp. 83-115
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  1. Part 3. The Second World War:The European Theater
  2. p. 117
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  1. Six: Britain and the Defeat of the U-boat Guerre de Course
  2. pp. 119-222
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  1. Seven: With Friends like These
  2. pp. 223-260
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  1. Eight: Italy and the War in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations
  2. pp. 261-285
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  1. Nine: The Lesser Allied Navies and Merchant Marines in the Second World War
  2. pp. 286-359
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  1. Part 4. The Second World War:The Pacific Theater
  2. p. 361
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  1. Ten: The War across the Pacific: Introduction and Conclusion
  2. pp. 363-429
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  1. Eleven: The Japanese Situation—and a Japanese Dimension
  2. pp. 430-450
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  1. Twelve: The Japanese Situation—and an American Dimension
  2. pp. 451-472
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  1. Thirteen: The Japanese Situation—and a Second Japanese Dimension
  2. pp. 473-515
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  1. Fourteen: The Japanese Situation—and Another, and Final, Dimension
  2. pp. 516-535
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  1. Part 5. Dealing with Real Enemies
  2. p. 537
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  1. Fifteen: Finis: The British Home Fleet, 15 August 1945
  2. pp. 539-596
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 597-626
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 627-637
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 639-650
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  1. Index of Warships, Submarines, Auxiliaries, and Merchantmen
  2. pp. 651-660
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  1. Index of American Warships
  2. pp. 661-675
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  1. Index of U.S. Lend-Lease Production of Escort Carriers,Frigates, and Sloops that Saw Service in the British Navy
  2. pp. 677-679
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