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Command at sea : naval command and control since the sixteenth Century by Michael A Palmer - First Edition - 2005 - from Norman Macdonald's Collection and Biblio.com

Command at sea : naval command and control since the sixteenth Century

by Michael A Palmer

Condition: Fine/Fine


Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2005. In a grand history of naval warfare, Palmer observes five centuries of dramatic encounters under sail and steam, demonstrating that while abilities to communicate improved, other technologies simultaneously shrank admirals' windows of decision. As a result, naval commanders have never had sufficient means or time to direct subordinates in battle. Contents: List of Battle Maps Prologue: A Regular Confusion 1. Land Warfare Afloat: Before 1650 2. The Anglo-Dutch Wars 3. At the Dawn of the Enlightenment 4. The Conundrum of the Line Ahead 5. The Advent of Numerary Signaling Systems 6. The Zenith of the Age of Fighting Sail 7. The Age of Steam through the Great War 8. From 1918 through the Second World War 9. The Cold War and Beyond Conclusion: The Crucial Paradox of Knowledge Notes Acknowledgments Index. A super copy in a like dust jacket. 377 p. : ill.. ; 24 cm. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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