Authored by Jeremy Black, this work supplements a concise and brief text on naval warfare with a wide selection of colour plates of maps and charts, in this 192 page hardback book.
Using a chronological approach, Black begins his narrative with the sixteenth century and goes through the present day, examining naval warfare through the prism of maps and charts. The narrative of each chapter is relatively short but is supplemented by maps and charts related to each time period under discussion.
There are six chapters in the book, each devoted to a block of time: Origins to 1700, the eighteenth century, the nineteenth century, 1900-1918, 1919-1945, 1946-2017, followed by a brief bibliography. The dominance of the western powers is not only tied to the technological developments of gun-power weapons, it is also dependent upon knowing where you are. Each chapter in the book develops this idea with text and rich selection of charts.
MAPPING NAVAL WARFARE A Visual History of Conflict at Sea
Naval operations and warfare were, and remain, a key element for mapping. Maps were vital for commanders in drawing up plans of attack, and their detail and usefulness have increased over the centuries as the science of mapping has developed.
This beautiful book examines stunning original maps from a series of key conflicts from the Spanish Armada, the American Wars of Independence, and the Napoleonic wars to twentieth century conflicts from the First World War to Vietnam, and explains how they were represented through mapping and how the maps produced helped naval commanders to plan their strategy.