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Changing American Perceptions of the Royal Navy Since 1775

John B. Hattendorf Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, U.S. Naval War College There are many dimensions to a navy. At its most obvious, a navy is an expression of a nation’s power, but at the same time it … Continue reading

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Naval History and Heroes: The Influence of U.S. and British Navalism on Children’s Writing, 1895-1914

By Hazel Sheeky Bird Independent Scholar, Great Britain At the beginning of the twentieth century, a great number of navalist books were produced for children in Britain and America. 1  Navalism, namely the belief that sea power is integral to … Continue reading

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Strategic Logic of the American “Pivot to the Pacific”

William Kyle University of Mary Washington, Class of 2013 Five years of Obama administration foreign policy are now in the history books as we continue to move beyond the Global War on Terror era. While the jury is still out … Continue reading

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Learning to Fail: Lessons for the Twenty-First Century from the Pacific War

Brent Powers Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Introduction As the U.S. military finds itself several years into its rebalancing to the Pacific, with an unspoken focus on China, today’s naval officers would recognize the conditions that their pre-World War II forebears faced. … Continue reading

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National History Day 2014 Documentary: “Vietnam POWs Taking Responsibility when Deprived of All Rights”

A National History Day documentary by Jethro Abatayo and Logan Gibert Pleasant Valley Middle School, Vancouver, WA Editor’s Note: Established in 1974, National History Day (NHD) is an award winning, non-profit education organization offering year-long academic programs that engage over … Continue reading

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The Warrior’s Influence Abroad: The American Civil War

By Howard J. Fuller University of Wolverhampton Quite simply, the Warrior altered the course of the American Civil War. This isn’t something that’s made its way into the history books—literally thousands of them, more and more, when it comes to … Continue reading

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Two Captains, Two Regimes: Benjamin Franklin Tilley and Richard Phillips Leary, America’s Pacific Island Commanders, 1899-1901

By Diana L. Ahmad Missouri University of Science and Technology By 1900, with the acquisition of Guam in Micronesia and eastern Samoa in Polynesia, the United States had successfully expanded its borders into the Pacific Ocean. The Department of the … Continue reading

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Strategy, Language, and the Culture of Defeat: Changing Interpretations of Japan’s Pacific War Naval Demise

By Hal M. Friedman Henry Ford Community College Military historians say that military history is written from the perspective of the victor. Japan’s naval defeat in the Pacific War, however, provides a highly arguable case. Much of the translated postwar … Continue reading

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Somalia: Lessons from the Past

Victor Enthoven Netherlands Defense Academy, Free University of Amsterdam 1. Introduction In the early 1990s, organisations such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) began to register reports … Continue reading

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When Dreams Confront Reality: Replenishment at Sea in the Era of Coal

Warwick Brown King’s College, London This paper examines in the forty years leading up to the First World War how different navies, particularly the British and American, approached the problem of providing “free and unrestricted movement of their fleets” by … Continue reading

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The Ugly Duckling: The French Navy and the Saint-Domingue Expedition,1801-1803

Philippe R. Girard McNeese State University Abstract: The article surveys the naval aspects of the Saint-Domingue expedition (1801-1803). During this expedition, the French Navy played a multiplicity of roles, including transporting troops to the Caribbean, assisting amphibious operations, patrolling the … Continue reading

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