From the beginnings of the age of sail and firearms to the present day, the Encyclopedia of Naval History provides a complete and comprehensive guide to world naval history. More than 1,000 alphabetically arranged entries (and 124 black-and-white photographs) provide in-depth coverage of: major sea battles; principal commanders and their battles; the evolution of the warship; weapons and strategy; tactics; and organization.
International in scope, but with a focus on Great Britain and the United States, the Encyclopedia features descriptions of every notable naval engagement from 1571 onwards in such conflicts as the Dutch Wars, the Seven Years War, the American War of Independence, the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, the two World Wars - up to and including the Iran-Iraq War. Brief, factual accounts and bibliographic sources of the background, main events, participants, and outcomes of each battle are meticulously cited throughout. This easy-access reference will engage all students and scholars with an interest in military history.