By Jan Glete
The writer of the striking two-volume paintings "Navies and Nations", Swedish Naval historian Jan Glete, provides us an exceptional comparative learn of conflict at Sea and its implications for early ecu states during this obtainable, but stable learn. As a naval officer and PhD pupil in comparative politics, there are particularly worthwhile positive factors of the publication that i want to emphasize. first of all, Glete has the power to examine how navies as agencies have been important elements of eu nation formation. which means he's additionally in a position to evaluation macro-sociological theories on kingdom formation. during this approach, historic information which were basically in part studied by means of social scientists are associated with theories which were created on foundation of knowledge on merely territorial modes of violence and sovereignty. Secondly, Glete has a really strong base of empirical info on which to create a comparative macro-analysis. therefore, Glete has controlled to prevent tedious narratives, and has fairly created a masterful synthesis of ancient paintings. His paintings at the upward thrust of Nordic sea energy, for instance, units the checklist immediately in a space that has been ignored through such a lot students of naval background.
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The writer of the notable two-volume paintings "Navies and Nations", Swedish Naval historian Jan Glete, offers us a great comparative learn of war at Sea and its implications for early ecu states during this obtainable, but reliable examine. As a naval officer and PhD pupil in comparative politics, there are particularly necessary positive factors of the e-book that i need to emphasize.
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Those who intend to use the ship or the navy must set the priorities and decide which combinations of capabilities they prefer. Is speed more important than protection, endurance more important than firepower, are restrictions on the draught of the ship essential to fulfil certain missions? As all capabilities cannot be built into the same ship it is normally necessary to have more than one type and size of warship at the same time. In the early modern period (and in 17 WA R FA R E AT S E A , 1 5 0 0 – 1 6 5 0 modern warfare until the Second World War) large ships were built in order to form concentrated striking forces (battle fleets) in strategically decisive areas.
The defender often found it a better alternative to concentrate his army in defensive positions on land rather than exposing it in a forward position at sea. With gun-armed warships a defender with a weaker army might prefer to meet the enemy at sea and try to defeat the invader while his stronger army could not act. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the infantry became the dominating force in the armies and its reduced importance at sea meant that armies and navies became sharply distinctive organisations.
On the other hand, local power created by such fortified enclaves might be replaced by the power exercised by a squadron of gun-armed warships cruising off the coast. Outside Europe, where local powerholders had no effective siege artillery, networks of fortified trading posts supported by sailing fleets became important in the expansion of European maritime empires. A second important consequence of the fact that guns could be a substitute for armed men at sea was that an invading army could no longer transform its manpower into efficient armed force at sea.
Warfare at Sea, 1500-1650: Maritime Conflicts and the Transformation of Europe (Warfare and History) by Jan Glete