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By David Stevens, John Reeve

ISBN-10: 186508462X

ISBN-13: 9781865084626

The improvement of Australia's army has been an important think about its heritage and evolution as a country within the century considering Federation. Australia has a maritime atmosphere and its nationwide pursuits stretch some distance past its beach. this article examines the affects at the upward thrust of Australian naval strength and discusses present overseas and strategic matters within the mild of historical past. The authors exhibit how the construction of the Australian military was once no easy reveal of nationalism, yet particularly the fruits of assorted complicated and sometimes progressive advancements in such parts as politics, international relations, technique, monetary family members and expertise within the Asia-Pacific quarter and much past. The booklet may be of curiosity to scholars and students of Australian background, of naval concerns and of overseas and strategic reports in addition to to the overall reader.

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2 The ‘materialists’ are those who discern the possibility of strategic, even antistrategic, transformation in every major change in material condition. To such people, history is a matter of antiquarian interest. To the ‘historical’ school, in contrast, each emerging military–technical revolution (MTR) can alter only the character of war, its grammar that is. I confess to being a card-carrying member of the ‘historical’ school—as defined by Admiral Custance—and I believe that war and strategy can be understood as well from Roman, Crusader, or Napoleonic, cases, as it can from NATO’s trauma in the Balkans over the Wars of Yugoslavian Succession in the 1990s.

33 THE RISE OF MODERN NAVAL STRATEGY c. 1580–1880 15 The objective value of commerce war remains unproven (and it was certainly unproven to Mahan’s generation). 34 One might also argue that it worked better against a maritime commercial state such as the Dutch in the seventeenth century, as opposed to an agricultural subsistence economy such as pre-industrial France. Power projection and amphibious warfare Modern naval power projection has its origins in the time of Drake. His pre-emptive raid on Cadiz in 1587 delayed the Armada, and raids on the coast of Spain in the 1590s were damaging.

23 Trafalgar was decisive not simply in the negative sense of destroying a potential invasion threat, but also in terms of future British strategic opportunities. After Nelson’s victory, Britain was freer to build on the advantages of maritime power, to translate commercial wealth into coalition building and continental power projection; these were the forces which defeated Napoleon. Nelson cast a long shadow over Mahan, his contemporaries, and the early years of the twentieth century, but he was extremely difficult to emulate.

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