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BOOK REVIEW – Warship Builders: An Industrial History of U.S. Naval Shipbuilding, 1922-1945

Thomas Heinrich, Warship Builders: An Industrial History of U.S. Naval Shipbuilding, 1922-1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2020. 340 pp. Review by Sean Getway Independent Scholar Naval construction requires diligent effort to both research and amalgamate to convey the complexities and … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – How the Navy Won the War: The Real Instrument of Victory 1914-1918

Jim Ring, How the Navy Won the War: The Real Instrument of Victory 1914-1918. Barnsley: Seaforth Publishing, 2018. 232 pp.  Review by Dr. Joseph Moretz, PhD, FRHistS Adjunct Professor of history, United States Naval Academy  Unsurprisingly, the centenary of the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – The Atlantic War Remembered: An Oral History Collection

John T. Mason, Jr., The Atlantic War Remembered: An Oral History Collection. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2020. 512 pp.  Review by Dr. Corbin Williamson, PhD Deputy Chair, Department of Strategy, Air War College The Atlantic War Remembered is a collection … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Abandon Ship: The Real Story of the Sinkings in the Falklands War

Paul Brown, Abandon Ship: The Real Story of the Sinkings in the Falklands War. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2021. 320 pp. Review by Dr. Chuck Steele, PhD International Journal of Naval History In Abandon Ship: The Real Story of the Sinkings … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – British Naval Intelligence through the Twentieth Century

Andrew Boyd, British Naval Intelligence through the Twentieth Century. Foreword by Andrew Lambert. Barnsley: Seaforth Publishing / Annapolis:  Naval Institute Press, 2020, 776 pp. Review by CAPT Steven E. Maffeo, USN, Ret., MSSI Formerly director of part-time programs, U. S. … Continue reading

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Inside the Archives: The Merchant Marines in Maritime History

Renae Rapp SUNY Maritime College The role of merchant marines can easily be eclipsed in naval history studies. Fortunately for cadets and students at SUNY Maritime College, this history is celebrated and integral in the College’s atmosphere and in our … Continue reading

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Admiral David Beatty: The Royal Navy Incarnate

Chuck Steele United States Air Force Academy Abstract: This paper addresses the connections between David Beatty and ethos in the Royal Navy during World War I. The issue considered herein is the degree to which Beatty conflated his fortunes with … Continue reading

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The Purchase of the Virgin Islands in 1917: Mahan and the American Strategy in the Caribbean Sea

Hans Christian Bjerg Independent Historian, Author, and Lecturer Readers of American and Danish history have considered the American purchase of the former Danish West Indies, The Virgin Islands, in 1916-17, as an isolated political event with a short previous history. … Continue reading

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The ‘Public Mind’ of British Imperialism: The Seizure of Weihaiwei and the Populist Revolt against Official Far Eastern Policy in 1898

Viktor M. Stoll University of Cambridge “They always want everything for themselves…whenever anyone takes anything, the English want to take much more,” foreshadowed Czar Nicholas II to German Chancellor Chlodwig zu Hohenlohe during their discussion on Russo-German Far Eastern territorial … Continue reading

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Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., and Changing OPNAV

Thomas C. Hone Professor of Operations Planning, Ret., US Naval War College Introduction Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., was Chief of Naval Operations from 1 July 1970 to 1 July 1974. In his 1997 oral history, Admiral Harry D. Train … Continue reading

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Napoleon and New Orleans: the Emperor’s First Surrender and its Impact on Britain in the Last Major Battle of the War of 1812

That the United States understood its relative weakness in military and naval matters was evident in the opportunism with which Madison’s government declared war while Britain was focused on the existential threat posed by the Napoleonic juggernaut. Continue reading

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View from the Quarterdeck: December 2021

With the coming of 2022, the International Journal of Naval History begins its third decade of publication. Dr. Gary Weir, the Founding Editor Emeritus, recognized the importance of digital scholarship in the historical profession ahead of many contemporaries. The IJNH … Continue reading

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Volume 16, No. 2: About the Authors

Samantha A. Cavell Napoleon and New Orleans: The Emperor’s First Surrender and its Impact on Britain in the Last Major Battle of the War of 1812 Dr. Sam Cavell is Assistant Professor in Military History at Southeastern Louisiana University. She … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Painting War: George Plante’s Combat Art in World War II

Williams, Kathleen Broome, Painting War: George Plante’s Combat Art in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2019. 312 pp. Review by Lt Col Nicolas Smith Instructor, Department of History, USAF Academy  “[George] Plante…was looking at his watch when … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – Engines of Rebellion: Confederate Ironclads and Steam Engineering in the American Civil War

Bisbee, Saxon T., Engines of Rebellion: Confederate Ironclads and Steam Engineering in the American Civil War. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2018. 264 pp. Review by Dr Howard J. Fuller, PhD University of Wolverhampton (UK) It’s good news to … Continue reading

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