Since World War II, the nature of sea battles, and of warships, has changed dramatically, reflecting profound changes in the world at large. This book offers a close-up look at what these changes entail, and how they have come into play in regional conflicts in Southeast Asia, in escalating naval hostilities between the Soviet Bloc and the West, and in skirmishes and major engagements in our day. Here are the warships of the Korean conflict, and the larger Cold War that paralyzed much of the world for forty-six years; here are the vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, which, coupled with the new, smaller aircraft carrier, allowed for a nimbler, more flexible force that could respond to the political brushfires of recent years; and here is the aircraft carrier of the twenty-first century, a military city on the sea. With detailed pictures and text, Modern Warships tracks the role of warships in a world of increasingly littoral naval conflict, where small nations can possess increasingly advanced technology and super-power dominance has declined. An invaluable resource for the military and naval historian, with many images appearing for the first time, the book offers a unique vantage point on today's maritime affairs.
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