The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783

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CONTENTS.
INTRODUCTORY.
History of Sea Power one of contest between nations, therefore largely military1
Permanence of the teachings of history2
Unsettled condition of modern naval opinion2
Contrasts between historical classes of war-ships2
Essential distinction between weather and lee gage5
Analogous to other offensive and defensive positions6
Consequent effect upon naval policy6
Lessons of history apply especially to strategy7
Less obviously to tactics, but still applicable9
ILLUSTRATIONS:
The battle of the Nile, A.D.179810
Trafalgar, A.D.180511
Siege of Gibraltar, A.D. 1779-178212
Actium, B.C. 31, and Lepanto, A.D. 157113
Second Punic War, B.C. 218-20114
Naval strategic combinations surer now than formerly22
Wide scope of naval strategy22
CHAPTER I.
The sea a great common25
Advantages of water-carriage over that by land25
Navies exist for the protection of commerce26
Dependence of commerce upon secure seaports27
Development of colonies and colonial posts28
Links in the chain of Sea Power: production, shipping, colonies28

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