The Royal Navy and Maritime Power in the Twentieth Century

By Ian Speller | Go to book overview

FOREWORD

I am delighted to provide a few words as a Foreword to this volume which, authoritatively yet accessibly, analyses the utility of maritime force, and its limitations, and the role of navies as instruments of national power. The authority of the work is inherent in the impressive list of contributors assembled by the Editor.

The period and sea areas covered are limited to the twentieth century, the Mediterranean and the Persian (now Arabian) Gulf, which still provide plenty of case studies. Indeed, major campaigns such as Gallipoli (1915) and Suez (1956) are not included. The geographical limitation is both practical (obviating the need to run to several volumes!) and useful, as by concentrating on just two areas, it helps to underline the connection between maritime strategy, and the enduring facts of geography which, together with hydrography, meteorology and other wet sciences contribute to our understanding of the environment to seaward of Mean High Water Springs.

That this book has its genesis in the work of the staff and students of the Joint Services Command and Staff College underlines its fully practical approach to pinning down the enduring essentials of the strengths and limitations of maritime power, and it greatly encourages me to learn that generations of young officers, and not only naval officers, are extracting not strictly lessons, for that would be too prescriptive, but ideas and thoughts about the utility and possibilities of maritime power, the better to enable them to address today's multifarious defence and security challenges.

It would be idle to deny that British forces in general, and perhaps the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in particular, have a proud and enviable reputation for punching above their weight. Clearly this must have been developed in the twentieth century, for in 1900 the Royal Navy was the weightiest around, by some margin. By the year 2000 this had clearly changed radically. If our country and our politicians are to continue to enjoy this special dividend it will become ever more important that the objectives for, and the manner in which, British forces are used are carefully assessed and analysed before commitment. This is where the ideas, considerations and experiences outlined in the chapters of this book, and the discussion and analysis in establishments such as the JSCSC lying behind them, should prove especially valuable. And while not all of us, and not even all serving officers, will find ourselves taking part in the studies and debates which

-xi-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Royal Navy and Maritime Power in the Twentieth Century
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgements xiii
  • Abbreviations xiv
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Transition to War 13
  • 2 - Sea Control in Narrow Waters 33
  • 3 - Sea Denial, Interdiction and Diplomacy 50
  • 4 - Air Power and Evacuations 67
  • 5 - Amphibious Operations 88
  • 6 - Maritime Power and Complex Crises 108
  • 7 - Quarantine Operations 129
  • 8 - Maritime Jurisdiction and the Law of the Sea 148
  • 9 - Naval Diplomacy 164
  • 10 - Operations in a War Zone 181
  • 11 - From Peacekeeping to Peace Enforcement 197
  • Select Bibliography 209
  • Index 215
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 223

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.