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Naval presence and the interwar US Navy and Marine Corps, forward deployment, crisis response, and the tyranny of history, Benjamin Armstrong

"This book examines the US Navy and Marine Corps during the interwar years from a new perspective. Rather than focusing on the technologies developed, the wargames conducted, or the results of the now famous Fleet Problems, this work analyses the global deployments of the rest of the US fleet. By examining the annual reports of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Commandant of the Marine Corps over twenty years, the book traces the US ships, squadrons, and fleets conducting naval diplomacy and humanitarian missions, maritime security patrols, and deployments for deterrent effect across the world's oceans. Despite the common label of the interwar years as "isolationist," the deployments of the US Navy and Marine Corps in that period were anything but. The majority of the literature on the era has a narrow focus on preparation for combat and wartime, which provides an incomplete view of the history of US naval power and also establishes a misleading set of precedents and historical context for naval thinkers and strategists in the contemporary world. Offering a wider, and more complete understanding of the history of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps from 1920 to 1939, this book demonstrates both the tension between the execution of peacetime missions and the preparation for the next war, while also offering a broader understanding of American naval forces and their role in American and global history. This book will be of much interest to students of naval and military history, seapower, and International History"--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
"A force for peace" : the post-war U.S. Navy and Marine Corps of the 1920s -- "The prestige of its flag" : the global U.S. Navy and Marine Corps of the 1930s
Literary form
non fiction
Physical description
1 online resource (100 pages)
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