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1 ROPP, Theodore ROBERTS, Stephen S., ed. Development of a Modern Navy : French Naval Policy, 1871-1904. First Edition. in dustjacket.
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 1987, ISBN:0870211412 
ROPP, Theodore. The Development of a Modern Navy : French Naval Policy, 1871-1904 . Edited by Stephen S. Roberts. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, (1987). First Edition. Pp. (4),[v]-xi,(3),[1]-439,(1). Includes several textual illustrations. Large 8vo, navy blue cloth spine with patterned brownpaper covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. "Consulted in unpublished f orm by scholars for decades, this classic study of the French navy by Theodore Ropp set new standards in the field of military history when written in1937. Still unsurpassed, it rem,ains the most comprehensive and authoratat ive examination of the development of a modern navy ever undertaken. Presented here in book form for the fiurst time, it is finally accessible to a broad audience. Professoe Ropp explains how one of the modern world's leadingnavies evolved during a crucial period in nineteenth-century European hist ory. Dissatisfied with traditional naval historiues that focused on battlesand the men who lead them, he emphasises the political, economic, diplomat ic, and technological factors that influenced French Naval Policy from 1871to 1904. At the same time, he describes the French Navy vis-ŕ-vis its riva ls, with the British and Italian navies receiving solid treatment. In short, the reader will come away with a firm understanding of naval developmentsin all of Europe and of the institutions and peacetime policies that affec ted them. Ropp concentrates on four large issues: the mechanics of the armsrace, especially the Franco-Italian and Anglo-French naval competitions; t he effects of technological change and strategic theory on the naval balance of power among France, Russia, and the Triple Alliance powers; the relationship between public opinion and national defense in a democracy, typifiedby the dramatic changes following the advent of the Third Republic in 1871 ; and the development of a 'strategy of the weak,' advocated by the Jeune École as an alternative to the theory of Alfred Thayer Mahan, who argued forcommand of the sea by a large battle fleet. Edited for today's readers by Stephen S. Roberts, a specialist in French naval history, the book includesan appendix on French shipbuilding programs from 1857 to 1900, and a bibli ography adding the main works that have appeared on the subject since Ropp completed his research. An exceptional collection of rare photgraphs from aprivate French collection and from the U.S. naval Historical center ooffer s detailed documentation of French ships of the period. A pioneering work by one of the best-known military historians in the United States, this bookis essential reading for all students of naval history and for ship buffs who will be attracted to its thorough treatment of naval hardware." from the dj flap. Contents: 1. Introduction: The Second Hundred Years' War; 2. TheNavy of Napoleon III; 3. The Program of 1872; 4. The Heritage; 5. New Fact ors: French Maritime Industries; 6. New Factors: Italy and Russia; 7. The Revival of French Naval Matériel; 8. The Navy Under the Republicans; 9. New Factors: Colonial Expansion; 10. The Jeune Ecole; 11. The Race with Italy; 12. Britain Against Russia and the Jeune Ecole; 13. French Matériel and Tactics in the Early 1890s; 14. The Franco-Russian Alliance and the 1893 Mediterranean Scare; 15. The Jeune Ecole in the 1890s; 16. The Decline of FrenchMatériel; 17. Fashoda and British Sea Power; 18. After Fashoda. With appen dices. Very good in clean, crisp dustjacket. 70.00

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