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A History of Sea Power by Stevens, William Oliver, 1878-1955

A History of Sea Power by Stevens, William Oliver, 1878-1955

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Title: A History of Sea Power
Author: William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Release Date: March 10, 2008 [eBook #24797]
Language: English
Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A HISTORY OF SEA POWER***

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The Project Gutenberg eBook, A History of Sea Power, by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
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A HISTORY OF SEA POWER

BY
WILLIAM OLIVER STEVENS
AND
ALLAN WESTCOTT
PROFESSORS IN THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
WITH MAPS, DIAGRAMS,

AND ILLUSTRATIONS
NEW YORK
GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY
Page v PREFACE

This volume has been called into being by the absence of any brief work covering the evolution and influence
of sea power from the beginnings to the present time. In a survey at once so comprehensive and so short, only
the high points of naval history can be touched. Yet it is the hope of the authors that they have not, for that
reason, slighted the significance of the story. Naval history is more than a sequence of battles. Sea power has
always been a vital force in the rise and fall of nations and in the evolution of civilization. It is this
significance, this larger, related point of view, which the authors have tried to make clear in recounting the
story of the sea. In regard to naval principles, also, this general survey should reveal those unchanging truths
of warfare which have been demonstrated from Salamis to Jutland. The tendency of our modern era of
mechanical development has been to forget the value of history. It is true that the 16" gun is a great advance
over the 32-pounder of Trafalgar, but it is equally true that the naval officer of to-day must still sit at the feet
of Nelson.

The authors would acknowledge their indebtedness to Professor F. Wells Williams of Yale, and to the
Classical Departments of Harvard and the University of Chicago for valuable aid in bibliography. Thanks are
due also to Commander C. C. Gill, U. S. N., Captain T. G. Frothingam, U. S. N. R., Dr. C. Alphonso Smith,
and to colleagues of the Department of English at the Naval Academy for helpful criticism. As to the
"References" at the conclusion of each chapter, it Page vi should be said that they are merely references, not
bibliographies. The titles are recommended to the reader who may wish to study a period in greater detail, and
who would prefer a short list to a complete bibliography.

William Oliver Stevens
A HISTORY OF SEA POWER
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Allan Westcott
United States Naval Academy,
June, 1920.
Page vii CONTENTS
chapter
I
The Beginnings of Navies
II

Athens as a Sea Power:
1. The Persian War
2. The Peloponnesian War

III

The Sea Power of Rome:
1. The Punic Wars
2. The Imperial Navy

IV
The Navies of the Middle Ages:
The Eastern Empire
V
The Navies of the Middle Ages [Continued]
Venice and the Turk
VI

Opening the Ocean Routes:
1. Portugal and the New Route to India
2. Spain and the New World

VII
Sea Power in the North:

Holland's Struggle for Independence
VIII England and the Armada
IX

Rise of English Sea Power:
Wars with the Dutch
X
Rise of English Sea Power [continued]:
Wars with France to the French Revolution
XI
Napoleonic Wars:
The First of June and Camperdown
XII
Napoleonic Wars [Continued]:
The Rise of Nelson
XIII Napoleonic Wars [Concluded]:
Trafalgar and AfterPage viii
XIV Revolution in Naval Warfare:
Hampton Roads and Lissa
XV
Rivalry for World Power
XVI The World War:
The First Year
XVII The World War [Continued]:
The Battle of Jutland
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