Monthly Archives: July 2018

What Are They Reading: Vol 3

Charles C. Chadbourn, III Editor, International Journal of Naval History This is the third issue of our continuing series allowing readers of this journal who are interested in international naval history and related topics to share with colleagues ideas on … Continue reading

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View from the Quarterdeck: July 2018

Most of us recall a particular teacher or professor who first piqued our interest in history.  Later, as we advanced in our professional studies, if we were fortunate we acquired a mentor we admired who took particular interest in guiding … Continue reading

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Dr. Michael J. Crawford: Retirement Remarks

Dr. Michael J. Crawford Senior Historian Naval History and Heritage Command On this occasion of my retirement after almost thirty-six years as a navy historian, I want to talk with you about two subjects dear to my heart: me and … Continue reading

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The Decisive Blow: the Anglo-French Naval Campaign of 1759

Contents: Origins of British Naval Supremacy The Battles Consequences Economic Effects Colonial Repercussions Bibliography Kevin J. Delamer U.S. Naval War College The Seven Years’ War was a global conflict, conducted between 1756 and 1763, on a scale unlike any previous … Continue reading

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The First Class at RAF No. 31 Radio School: August to September, 1941

Contents: In the Wilds of Ontario BCATP and the Aerodrome of Democracy A Desperate Measure No. 31 Radio School Launches Drinking from the Radar Fire Hose Life at at the School After the First Class’ Graduation Epilogue Bibliography Paul Renard … Continue reading

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Why There Was No Privateering in the Spanish-American War

Contents: Introduction The Declaration of Paris and the “Barbarous Warfare” of Privateering The Righteous Victim: Spain’s Contradictory Diplomacy over Privateering Professionals and Privateers: American Naval Strategy in the War with Spain Honor for want of a Ship: Spanish Naval Strategy … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Thinking Wisely, Planning Boldly: The Higher Education and Training of Royal Navy Officers, 1919-39

Joseph Moretz, Thinking Wisely, Planning Boldly: The Higher Education and Training of Royal Navy Officers, 1919-39. West Midlands, UK: Helion & Company, 2014. 528 pp. Review by CDR Benjamin Armstrong, PhD United States Naval Academy The years following the Great … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Defensive Positions: The Politics of Maritime Security in Tokugawa Japan

Noell Wilson, Defensive Positions: The Politics of Maritime Security in Tokugawa Japan. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. 244 pp. Review by John M. Jennings, PhD United States Air Force Academy Conventional wisdom among historians had long held that throughout … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France 1793-1815

Helen Watt and Anne Hawkins, eds. Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France 1793-1815. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2014. 668 pp. Reviewed by Lisa Vandenbossche, PhD Candidate Department of English, University of Rochester Recent trends in contemporary criticism to recapture … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Sea in History

Christian Buchet, editor.  The Sea in History.  Suffolk, UK: Martlesham, Boydell & Brewer, Inc., 2017.  3424 pp (4 volumes, tables, maps; scholarly notes; bibliographies; photographs and line illustrations) Review By Dr. Timothy D. Walker Professor of History; University of Massachusetts … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The U.S. Navy: A Concise History

Craig L. Symonds, The U.S. Navy: A Concise History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 136 pp. Review by Jason W. Smith, PhD Southern Connecticut State University It is often a pleasure to read short books, and Craig Symonds’ The … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Silent Deep: The Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945

Peter Hennessy and James Jinks, The Silent Deep. The Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945. London: Allen Lane, 2015. xxxvii + 823 pp. Review by Sarandis Papadopoulos, Ph.D. Arlington, Virginia Submarines are the most beguiling aspect of the maritime Cold … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Naval Families, War and Duty in Britain, 1740-1820

Ellen Gill, Naval Families, War and Duty in Britain, 1740-1820. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2016. 278 pp. Review by Joseph Moretz, PhD British Commission for Military History They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat

Randall Peffer, Where Divers Dare: The Hunt for the Last U-Boat. New York: Dutton Caliber, 2016. 320 pp. Review by Nicolas Russell, 2Lt United States Air Force  Where Divers Dare is an fascinating read for those interested in either World … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, From Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War

James Carl Nelson, I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, From Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War. New York: Caliber, 2016. 340 pp. Review By Captain Kevin M. Boyce, USMC United States Naval Academy … Continue reading

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