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The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence   By: (1840-1914)

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"The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" by A. T. Mahan offers an insightful and comprehensive examination of the naval warfare during the American Revolutionary War. Mahan harnesses his expertise in naval history to present a detailed analysis of the strategic maneuvers and pivotal battles that shaped this crucial period.

The book delves deeply into the various naval engagements, providing readers with an in-depth understanding of the tactics, strategies, and key players involved. Mahan meticulously dissects each significant operation, offering a wealth of historical context and insights into the decision-making processes of naval commanders on both sides of the conflict.

One of the book's notable strengths is how Mahan seamlessly integrates primary sources, such as letters, diaries, and firsthand accounts, which enrich the narrative and provide readers with a vivid and authentic understanding of this tumultuous era. By incorporating these primary sources, Mahan brings to life the experiences and challenges faced by sailors and officers, painting a compelling and realistic picture of the naval campaigns.

Mahan's writing style is clear, concise, and accessible, making this weighty subject matter approachable for readers of varying levels of familiarity with naval history. Although his analysis is scholarly, Mahan avoids becoming overly technical, ensuring that even casual enthusiasts can appreciate the significance of the events described.

Moreover, the book diligently explores the impact of naval operations on the larger context of the American Revolutionary War. Mahan recognizes the interconnectedness of land and sea operations, demonstrating how naval warfare contributed to the overall outcome of the conflict. This broader perspective enhances the reader's understanding of the intricate relationship between military forces during this period.

One minor drawback of the book is its occasional overwhelming detail, which may prove challenging for those seeking a more concise overview. While the depth of analysis is commendable, it may deter readers looking for a swift exploration of the subject matter.

Overall, "The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" is a commendable contribution to the field of naval history. Mahan's meticulous research, engaging narrative, and thoughtful analysis make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the American Revolutionary War and the crucial role played by naval forces. From the gripping accounts of notable battles to the insightful examination of key figures, Mahan succeeds in providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of this influential period in maritime military history.

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THE MAJOR OPERATIONS OF THE NAVIES IN THE WAR OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE

BY

A.T. MAHAN, D.C.L., LL.D.

CAPTAIN, U.S. NAVY

AUTHOR OF 'THE INFLUENCE OF SEA POWER UPON HISTORY, 1660 1783,' 'THE INFLUENCE OF SEA POWER UPON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND EMPIRE, 1783 1812,' 'THE RELATIONS OF SEA POWER TO THE WAR OF 1812,' 'NAVAL STRATEGY' ETC.

WITH PORTRAITS, MAPS, AND BATTLE PLANS

LONDON SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & COMPANY, LIMITED OVERY HOUSE, 100 SOUTHWARK STREET, S.E.

[Illustration: (frontispiece)]

Copyright, 1913 , By A.T. MAHAN

All rights reserved

Published, October, 1913

THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, MASS., U.S.A.

PREFACE

The contents of this volume were first contributed as a chapter, under the title of "Major Operations, 1762 1783," to the "History of the Royal Navy," in seven volumes, published by Messrs. Sampson Low, Marston, and Company, under the general editorship of the late Sir William Laird Clowes. For permission to republish now in this separate form, the author has to express his thanks to the publishers of that work.

In the Introduction following this Preface, the author has summarized the general lesson to be derived from the course of this War of American Independence, as distinct from the particular discussion and narration of the several events which constitute the body of the treatment... Continue reading book >>




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