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The Navy and the Nation
The Influence of the Navy on modern Australia
Author: Edited by David Stevens and John Reeve
Publishers: Allen & Unwin ( An Australian Publisher)
Price: AUD $39.95
Publication Date: July 2005
Publisher's Title Information
A history of the Australian navy focusing on the contribution of the RAN in peace and war to Australia's development and the potential it has to continue this into the future.
Australia has often been described as a nation shaped by war. From an early age, every Australian is taught the significance of Gallipoli and the Anzac legend. This, however, is but one dimension of the military's impact on our nation's coming of age. Australia, after all, is an island. It was the Navy which explored and founded European Australia, and it is the Navy which has ever since been critical to our national security.
With its ancestry in the Royal Navy and the former colony-based navies, the Australian Navy was established in 1901. Since that time it has helped Australia enter the international community as a modern, self-reliant nation and has been indispensable in protecting Australia's sovereignty and national interests.
Despite the Navy being one of Australia's oldest and most important institutions, the links between nation-building and the Navy have never before received detailed study. Bringing together scholars from Australia and overseas, The Navy and the Nation examines the extent of the Navy's contribution to our national development. It shows, too, how the Navy has played a vital role in defining our independent national identity.
Some of the 19 chapters
Vice Admiral C.A. Ritchie, AO, RAN
Notes on contributors
Illustrations, figures and tables
Introduction: the Navy and the birth of the nation
David Stevens and John Reeve
PART I CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS
1. The Navy for the Nation: A shared responsibility
2. The Royal Navy in the Pacific: Sea power and imperial endeavour
3. The last word in outward splendour': The cult of the Navy and the imperial age
PART II THE NAVY AND THE NATION
4. Naval medicine and the European settlement of Australia
5. The search for a strategic sea-base and the founding of Australia
6. The long triangulation: Naval hydrography and the Great Barrier Reef, 1848-1973
7. Our land is girt by sea: Popular depictions of naval imagery in the national press, 1908-1918
8. The Royal Australian Navy in Australian diplomacy
PART III SHIPS, INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY FOR AUSTRALIA
9. HMAS Australia: A ship for a nation
10. Australian shipbuilding and the impact of the Second World War.
A former naval officer, David Stevens is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, and is currently Director of Strategic and Historical Studies within the Sea Power Centre - Australia. He has written and edited several books on maritime strategy and naval history.
David Stevens retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 1994 after having served on many Australian ships and the Australian contingent to the Gulf War in 1990-91. He is now the Director of Naval Historical Studies in the Maritime Studies Programme, the author of U-Boat Far From Home and the editor of Maritime Power in the Twentieth Century, The Royal Australian Navy in World War II, In Search of A Maritime Strategy, The Face of Naval Battle and Southern Trident.
John Reeve is Senior Lecturer and Osborne Fellow in Naval History at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He has written extensively on early modern and contemporary diplomatic and strategic issues.