From ancient times to World War II and the postwar period, Battleships charts the evolution of the vessel that ruled the seas—a vessel that, until the arrival of the aircraft carrier, would be the most expensive and complex human-made moving object in history.
The battleship has long been the vessel by which a nation's naval power is measured, a vessel essential to any country hoping to dominate the seas; a vessel so costly only an elite circle of nations was ever able to build them—and the one that sparked one of the most intense arms races in history.
Battleships charts the dramatic evolution of this dominating war vessel. Coverage ranges from ancient galleys to the great ships of World War II to the present, with special emphasis on the ironclad era of the mid-19th century (which saw the greatest innovation over the shortest timespan in naval history) and the great 20th-century battleship race of the dreadnought era.
Written by expert military historian Stanley Sandler, Battleships provides insightful examinations of the technological and tactical aspects of important warships from around the world and across time. It also looks at the political and social factors driving the decision to produce battleships in different countries. No other volume has ever captured so completely the impact of the battleship as a weapon of war and a symbol of power.
Features • Over 40 photographs make clear the defining features of each significant capital ship design • A chronological listing of battleships, ironclads, and dreadnoughts, including name, country, cause of loss, location of loss, and date
Highlights • Sets a new standard for works on the history of the first-class warship from ancient times to the present • Offers more detailed coverage of the 19th-century ironclad era than other works on the subject • Provides a complete listing of the numbers of ironclads, battleships, and dreadnoughts set to sea, as well as a compilation of each such warship lost
Stanley Sandler, Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Army Special Operations Command historian. He is the author of ten books and numerous articles on military history and technology, including The Emergence of the Modern Capital Ship and ABC-CLIO's Ground Warfare: An International Encyclopedia. He was the recipient of an American Council of Learned Societies–Smithsonian Fellowship and served as a historian on the secretary of the army's committee to investigate allegations of a massacre at No Gun Ri.
Reviews "This work is recommended for all types and levels of libraries."—American Reference Books Annual
"Both military readers and those interested in boats and naval activities will find Stanley Sandler's Battleships a lively analysis of all the major warships."—Library Bookwatch