First published in 1977, this study offers a comprehensive, systematic and integrated survey of the important relationship between navies and the making and execution of foreign policy. Ken Booth explains the functions navies can perform in both war and peace, the influence they have on particular situations, and how the relevant organisations can affect the character of naval actions. Ultimately, navies are regarded as indispensable instruments of the state by a number of countries, whilst all countries with a coast find some need to threaten a degree of force at sea. This book provides students and academics with the intellectual framework with which to assess the changing character of the navy.

part 1|152 pages

Navies as Instruments and Influences

chapter 1|11 pages

The Functions of Navies

chapter 2|24 pages

Naval Diplomacy

chapter 3|35 pages

Navies and Prestige

chapter 5|14 pages

Types of Navies

part 2|121 pages

Naval Policy: The Permanently Operating Factors

chapter 7|28 pages

Naval Capabilities

chapter 8|22 pages

The Domestic Sources

chapter 9|69 pages

The International Context