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The battleships
Johnston, Ian, 1948-
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Publication Information:
[Osceola, WI] : MBI Pub. Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 29 cm
General Note:
"A companion to the television series 'The Battleships'".

"Previously published 2000 by Channel 4 Books an imprint of Macmillan Publishers"--P. [4].
Symbols of supremacy -- Sail to steam / wood to steel -- Sea lanes to power -- Enter the dreadnought -- Battleships go global -- Empires in collision -- Battle of Jutland -- Ultimate battleships -- Supreme challenge -- From Bismarck to Pearl Harbor -- Sea-power versus air-power -- End of the behemoths.
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V815 .J65 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
V815 .J65 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Before the nuclear bomb, no weapon evoked as much fear as the battleship. Spanning almost two centuries, from the Battle of Trafalgar to the Gulf War, this illustrated history explores the rapid evolution of battleship deployment, effectiveness, and design from canvas to steam, timber to steel armor, muzzle-loading cannons to missiles. Special attention is given to the postWorld War I arms race that witnessed the United States, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan vying for the brawniest maritime muscle. Also examined are the effects of advanced submarine and aviation technologies on the battleship, and the results of specific instances like the sinking of the Hood by the Bismarck and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Author Notes

Ian Johnston is a lecturer and author and a shipping enthusiast
Rob McAuley is an award-winning TV producer and director with a passion for the seas. He has devoted much of his career to producing programmes associated with boats and ships of all types

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 6
Forewordp. 8
Symbols of Supremacyp. 10
Sail to Steam--Wood to Steelp. 24
Sea Lanes to Powerp. 36
Enter the Dreadnoughtp. 52
Battleships Go Globalp. 64
Empires in Collisionp. 78
The Battle of Jutlandp. 90
The Ultimate Battleshipsp. 108
The Supreme Challengep. 124
From Bismarck to Pearl Harborp. 136
Sea-power versus Air-powerp. 158
End of the Behemothsp. 172
Glossaryp. 186
Indexp. 187
Further Readingp. 191