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Seapower: A Guide for the Twenty-First Century (Cass Series: Naval Policy and History) [Paperback]

Geoffrey Till
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5 Mar 2009 Cass Series: Naval Policy and History (Book 32)

The sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources, and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic dominion. It has been the basis for our prosperity and security. This is even more the case, now, in the early 21st century, with the emergence of an increasingly globalized world trading system.

Navies have always provided a way of policing, and sometimes exploiting, the system. In contemporary conditions, navies – and other forms of maritime power – are having to adapt, in order to exert the maximum power ashore in the company of others and to expand the range of their interests, activities and responsibilities. Their traditional tasks still apply but new ones are developing fast.

This updated and expanded new edition of Geoffrey Till's acclaimed book is an essential guide for students of naval history and maritime strategy, and anyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century.



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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415480892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415480895
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 16.8 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is simply the most comprehensive and impressive contemporary analysis of sea power and maritime strategy currently available…Anyone with any interest in navies should get a copy of this vital book and read it. It is already a classic of its kind.' - Eric Grove, Navy News

"A powerful combination of plain English and an innate ability to break down the component parts of a complex subject into a readily digestible form before leading the reader gently through the ensuing maze." - The Naval Review

"An extensive array of information collated with skilful insight and incisive scholarship."  "An definitive study of the role of seapower, past, present and future" - Parliamentary Maritime Review

‘A landmark work ... Till's excellent book will dominate maritime reading lists for years to come.’ - Colin S. Gray, RUSI Journal

"A tour de force, a milestone work and essential professional reading." - Ship's Telegraph (Ministry of Defence)

"In all, Seapower is very probably the best single work on sea power and maritime strategy to have been published for many years." - Journal of the Australian Naval Institute

"If you happen to be teaching a course on sea power, it would be the perfect basic text." - Proceedings

"A comprehensive look at the political and military significance of the oceans in the new century…has much to offer students and the general public as well." - The Mariner’s Mirror

"Seapower: A Guide for the Twenty-First Century is without doubt the best single publication on power in the maritime domain and naval strategy in general. It will remain a standard text book for those teaching naval strategy for many years to come. The book is a must read" - Dr Abel Esterhuyse, Scientia Militaria


 

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The sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources, and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic dominion. It has provided the basis for mankind's prosperity and security. This is even more true in the early 21st century, with the emergence of an increasingly globalized world trading system.

Navies have always provided a way of policing, and sometimes exploiting, the system. In contemporary conditions, navies, and other forms of maritime power, are having to adapt, in order to exert the maximum power ashore in the company of others and to expand the range of their interests, activities and responsibilities. Their traditional tasks still apply but new ones are developing fast.

Written by a recognized authority on maritime strategy past and present, this timely and up-to-date book investigates the consequences of this for the developing nature, composition and functions of all the world's significant navies, and provides a guide for everyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century.

This wide ranging book will be essential reading for all serious students and practitioners of maritime strategy and naval power, and will be of great interest to well-informed general readers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Geoffrey Till managed to produce a pretty comprehensive document on naval policy, which is certainly a helpful source for someone tasked with developing one for a specific country's navy. Having said that, it is also not a quick listing of the main points to consider, so a reader less interested in the historical development of the various approaches may feel frustrated with the pace of the book at times.

After defining the three types of naval forces, namely the pre-modern, modern and post-modern, he then launches into the activity spectrum of the latter two types, all the way from blue ocean naval dominion to protection of maritime ressources. Each point is derived from historical thinking / policy documents first and foremost, and then illustrated with practical examples from the last 500 or so years of naval history.

Having read the book, you will get a pretty comprehensive overview of the ideas of Mahan, Corbett, Gorshkov and smaller sections on a large number of other naval thinkers through the ages.

The penultimate chapter is then devoted to applying some of the ideas to the practical examples of some navies operating in Asia, specifically those of Japan, China, India and USN. This brings some of the ideas together but a more complete treatment of the subject would have been beneficial.

While one certainly sees the scholarship that went into the writing of this book - certainly not something a lesser author could manage - and the author manages a fairly fluent writing style, the book is still somewhat heavy going at times. Deriving every point from first principles is certainly academically laudable but does not do that much for the overall readability.
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Arrived very quickly, in time for my son to make good use of the information that is required before he starts his officer training in the Navy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seapower: A guide for the 21st Century 25 Dec 2012
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The Author Geoffrey Till is an experienced Professor and Consultant in Maritime Affairs. He is up to date especially now in the Asia-Pacific Region where we see the rise of China's Navy - PLA-N. This book is a must read for those interested in Naval Security studies.
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