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“Naval Warfare, 1815-1914,” by Lawrence Sondhaus, Warfare and History series, Roudedge, NY, 2001. This 263-page paperback tells the story of naval warfare from the days of wooden sailing ships through the transition to iron clads to steel hulls, the adoption of steam power, and the conversion to gun turrets. The end result is the modern battleship.

The story is told with a detailed description of the warships of all the naval powers of each era. Gradually ideas are adopted, tried in battle, and when successful, refined and improved. The competitive nature of an arms race drives each player to test the latest ideas at the first opportunity and to improve on them to their physical limits.

The language here is professional and concise. This book will be of greatest interest to those who follow military history. Bibliography, photographs, index.
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