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Commanders at sea struggle not only with the unpredictability of natural elements, but also with a shroud of uncertainty often referred to as the "fog of war". Over the centuries, most admirals yielded to the natural temptation to find in new technologies a means to assert centralized control over their forces. But other commanders have recognised the fog for what it is: a constant level of uncertainty resistant to mere technological solution. In this grand history of naval warfare, Michael Palmer observes five centuries of dramatic encounters under sail and steam.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674024113
ISBN-10: 0674024117
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 146mm x 25mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael A. Palmer

Michael A. Palmer is Professor of History, East Carolina University.

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