Author(s): J.R. Hill
hardcover, 498 pages, 200 halftones, 16 pp colour plates, maps etc
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy is the definitive one-volume history of the Royal Navy. The text has now been updated for this paperback edition to cover more recent events and developments including the 1998 Strategic Defence Review and the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington and the subsequent retaliation on terrorist bases in Afghanistan. From the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the Anglo-Dutch Wars to the Battle of Jutland and the Gulf War, this highly illustrated reference book gives an authoritative and highly readable account of a unique fighting service and its people.
Readership: This book will appeal to a wide readership which includes naval and military historians and students, present and former naval personnel, and general readers with an interest in maritime history.
LIST OF COLOUR PLATES; LIST OF MAPS AND ACTION STATIONS; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS; PREFACE; 1. The Wall of England, to 1500; 2. From the King's Ships to the Royal Navy 1500-1642; 3. A Permanent National Maritime Fighting Force, 1642-1689; 4. The Struggle with France, 1690-1815; 5. The Eighteenth-century Navy as a National Institution, 1690-1815; 6. The Shield of Empire, 1815-1895; 7. Wood, Sail, and Cannonballs to Steel, Steam, and Shells, 1815-1895; 8. Endeavour, Discovery, and Idealism, 1760-1895; 9. Life and Education in a Technically Evolving Navy, 1815-1925; 10. The Battleship Fleet: The Test of War, 1895-1919; 11. Retrenchment, Rethinking, Revival, 1919-1939; 12. A Service Vindicated, 1939-1946; 13. The Realities of Medium Power 1946 to the Present; 14. The Royal Navy and the Post-war Naval Revolution, 1946 to the Present; POSTSCRIPT; CHRONOLOGY; FURTHER READING; ILLUSTRATION SOURCES; INDEX