Cruisers and Battle Cruisers: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

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ABC-CLIO, 2004 - 283 страници
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They searched the seas for enemy ships, guarded fleets against torpedoes, fought in the line of fire, and deployed missiles. Today they are one of the most powerful surface combatants at sea, second only to aircraft carriers. Cruisers and Battle Cruisers is the first work ever to combine the history and technical specifications of these mighty warships in a single source, observing their roles during war and peace, and bringing to light the hardships and hazards of shipboard life.
Through a survey of technological changes that progressively increased their destructive power and altered their combat roles, this work explores the importance of cruisers of naval warfare and world politics from the age of sail to the present. From paddle wheels and steam propulsion to torpedoes and nuclear weapons, high school and college students will appreciate the role of the cruiser at war, at peace, and as a diplomatic tool.

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Chapter 1 The Precedents to the Cruiser
Chapter 2 The Development of the Cruiser 18601905
Chapter 3 Cruisers 19051939
Chapter 4 Cruisers 19392004
Individual Cruiser and Battle Cruiser Models
Selected Bibliography
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Eric W. Osborne, PhD, is professor of modern European history at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA, specializing in European diplomatic, military, and naval history. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Destroyers.