Specifically structured around research questions and avenues for further study, and providing the historical context to enable this further research, 'Modern Naval History' is a key historiographical guide for students wishing to gain a deeper understanding of naval history and its contemporary relevance
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Naval history has long been split between the evolving intellectual demands of academic scholarship and the pressing didactic purposes of naval education, tactical methods and strategic judgement. This elegantly argued and expertly resourced text provides practitioners and consumers with an expert guide to the ideas of the past, present-day practice and future prospects in a rapidly evolving field of study.
Andrew Lambert, Kings College London, UK||Debates and Prospectssweeps confidently across the whole range and diversity of one of the liveliest areas of history today, casting light on many fascinating corners which even the experts will scarcely have heard of.
Nicholas Rodger, Oxford University, UK||This analysis of the development of naval history is among the most sophisticated studies of historiography ever published. Not simply a study in bibliography but an investigation of the relations between navies, international affairs, and domestic institutions and societies, it probes the nature and uses of naval history over the past century and a half and assesses the influence of naval historians and their work on government policymakers. Historians will particularly value its explanation of topics needing further study and defense analysts its evaluation of the potential usefulness in understanding the role of naval forces in peacetime deterrence.
James C. Bradford, Texas A&M University, USA||A timely and welcome overview of the trajectory of naval history over the past 130 years that focuses on major themes of contemporary interest, in particular navies and the states and societies that create and employ them, and the nexus between naval power and international relations. Harding succinctly surveys the current state of the literature and points to areas where further research is needed. An ideal starting-place for those new to the field, such as graduate students, and a valuable reference tool for seasoned practitioners.
John Beeler, University of Alabama, USA