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The sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources,
and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic dominion.
It has been the basis for our prosperity and security. This is even more the
case, now, in the early 21st century, with the emergence of an increasingly
globalized world trading system.
Navies have always provided a way of policing, and sometimes exploiting, the
system. In contemporary conditions, navies – and other forms of maritime power
– are having to adapt, in order to exert the maximum power ashore in the
company of others and to expand the range of their interests, activities and
responsibilities. Their traditional tasks still apply but new ones are
This updated and expanded new edition of Geoffrey Till's acclaimed book is an
essential guide for students of naval history and maritime strategy, and anyone
interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century.