The U.S. Navy, the Mediterranean, and the Cold War, 1945-1947


This is the first book-length study of U.S. naval operations in the Mediterranean from 1945 to 1947, a period that is crucial to an understanding of the Cold War and its origins. Using extensive records of the U.S. Departments of Navy and State, Sheehy shows how an American squadron grew from skeleton size in 1945 into a powerful armada by the end of 1947. He examines decisions to assign naval vessels to the Mediterranean, governmental communications, the rationale for the naval presence in the area, and the working relationships between diplomatic and naval officials. This history demonstrates how the cautious, but effective, use of naval power was used to counter the Soviet Union's presence in the region.


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