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A History of Sea Power

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Co-author: Allan Westcott
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 135,870 / 416 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.4
LoC Categories: D, V
Downloads: 1,230
Added to site: 2008.03.11 20288
Genres: History, Nautical

This volume has been called into being by the absence of any brief work covering the evolution and influence of sea power from the beginnings to the present time. In a survey at once so comprehensive and so short, only the high points of naval history can be touched.

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routed them, and took 500 prisoners. For five years longer the Assyrian king maintained a siege of Tyre from the mainland, attempting to keep the city from its source of fresh water, but as the Tyrians had free command of the sea, they had no difficulty in getting supplies of all kinds from their colonies. At the end of five years the Assyrians again returned home, defeated by the Phœnician control of the sea. When, twenty years later, Phœnicia was subjugated by Assyria, it was due to the lack of union among the scattered cities and colonies of the great sea empire. Widely separated, governed by their own princes, the individual colonies had too little sense of loyalty for the mother country. Each had its own fleets and its own interests; in consequence an Assyrian fleet was able to destroy the Phœnician fleets in detail. From this point till the rise of Athens as a sea power, the fleets of Phœnicia still controlled the sea, but they served the plans of conquest of alien rulers.


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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
R Stephan

Thorough and comprehensive work, focussing on the essentials of technology and tactics of sea battles, but giving also a sketch of global politics of the time, from early Greece up to WWI with the battle of Jutland. Did you know there were two English-Dutch wars which were fought mainly at sea?



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