Monthly Archives: December 2020

View from the Quarterdeck: December 2020

Like the grey-bearded sailor in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” first published in 1798, the world today appears driven south by an il wind of the coronavirus into the icy waters of an ever-widening COVID-19 … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, 1900-1918

Stanley D. M. Carpenter Professor Emeritus, U.S. Naval War College At 1645 on 31 October 1918, onboard the flagship of the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Navy, the red-white-red ensign of the Habsburg Navy fluttered down from the jackstaff.  Rear-Admiral (Kontre-Admiral) … Continue reading

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An Unatoned War Crime of the First World War: The Sinking of a Hospital Ship by U-86

Ulrich van der Heyden University of South Africa, Pretoria German War Crimes during the First World War?  Even a hundred years after the beginning of the First World War, 1  some segments of the German media still glorify submarine warfare … Continue reading

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Anglo-American Naval Relations, 1815 — 1837

John Rodgaard1  Captain, USN (Ret.) Words such as admiration, contempt, cooperation, and hostility might describe the Anglo-American naval relationship that followed The Napoleonic Wars. Yet, that relationship formed the framework for today’s Anglo-American naval partnership. Examining the Anglo-American naval relationship … Continue reading

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Kamikazes: Understanding the Men behind the Myths

Michael Anderson1 United States Army Officer In the western military tradition, the popular, common understanding of the Japanese kamikaze of the Second World War inspires images of lone, suicidal modern-day flying samurai knights devoid of empathy with a seemingly fanatical … Continue reading

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Neptune’s Commandments: Invented Traditions and the Formation of USS Alabama (BB-60) as an Imagined Community

By moving through and responding to USS Alabama (BB-60) as a place—not a space—Lindstrom and those of his shipmates who participated in the establishment of the ship as a memorial park, or in crossing the line hijinks as enlisted sailors decades before, arranged their worldviews into similar structured and meaningful “centers of felt value.” Continue reading

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Network Survivability in the Age of Great Power Competition

ENS Joseph P. BunyardUSNA 2020 Voices of Maritime History Prize Essay Executive Summary Question How can the United States Department of the Navy (DoN) continue to leverage its advantages in Network Centric Warfare (NCW) in a communications contested environment? Key … Continue reading

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The International Journal of Naval History Interest Group on Facebook

Chuck SteeleInternational Journal of Naval History From its inception, the International Journal of Naval History has endeavored to “provide a pre-eminent forum for works of naval history researched and written to demonstrable academic standards.” In a sense, the IJNH was … Continue reading

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Inside the Archives: In the Age of COVID

Dara A. BakerAssistant Editor for ArchivesDigital Format Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration Hello. I am delighted to be back helming the International Journal of Naval History’s Inside the Archives column. For the first time since the advent of computers … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – From Across the Sea: North Americans in Nelson’s Navy

From Across the Sea: North Americans in Nelson’s Navy. Edited by Sean M. Heuvel and John A. Rodgaard. Warwick, UK: Helion & Company Limited, 2020. Review by Stanley D.M. Carpenter, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, U.S. Naval War College From Across the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China, 1945-2016

Winkler, David F., Incidents at Sea: American Confrontations and Cooperation with Russia and China, 1945-2016. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2017. 320 pp.  Review by LT Anthony Rush, USN Senior Instructor, Department of History, USAF Academy In Incidents at Sea: … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – From Sun Tzu to Hyperwar a Strategic Encyclopaedia

Lars Wedin, From Sun Tzu to Hyperwar a Strategic Encyclopaedia. Stockholm: The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences 2019. 319 pp. Review by Chuck Steele, PhDInternational Journal of Naval History Lars Wedin, an accomplished author on strategic studies and retired … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Victory Without Peace: The United States Navy in European Waters, 1919-1924

William N. Still, Jr., Victory Without Peace: The United States Navy in European Waters, 1919-1924.Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2018, 3922 pp. Review by Joseph, Moretz, PhD If a purpose of war is to secure a better peace, then it is … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Silver State Dreadnought: The Remarkable Story of Battleship Nevada

Stephen M. Younger, Silver State Dreadnought: The Remarkable Story of Battleship Nevada. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2018. 320 pp. Review by Maj Jason Naaktgeboren Senior Instructor, Department of History, USAF Academy In Silver State Dreadnought, Stephen M. Younger takes on … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – All the Factors of Victory: Adm. Joseph Mason Reeves and the Origins of Carrier Airpower

Thomas Wildenberg, All the Factors of Victory: Adm. Joseph Mason Reeves and the Origins of Carrier Airpower. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2018, 266pp. Review by Lt Col Matt Dietz, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of History, USAF Academy A recent Naval History … Continue reading

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