1st.ed., 2001. Xiii + 463 pp., 45 photo-plates + maps. D.j.,24 x 16cm. MINT. At the dawn of a new century, the authors look back on naval warfare during the previous hundred years which, in its modern form, began in 1905 with the clash of two great battlefleets - Russian and Japanese - in the Korean Strait. To the astonishment of the world the Czar’s fleet was annihilated with 33 of his 38 ships either sunk or captured. From the Russo-Japanese War onwards the author traces the development of conflict at sea from Jutland to Midway ; the U-boat wars to Vietnam. He describes each action, the ships that took part, and the men who fought under conditions not a far cry from Nelson’s day in the early years of the century ; to the complex technological age towards the end of the century with navies equipped with weaponry with a fire power that was unimaginable at the end of the Victorian era. Illustrated with photographs and maps. A STUDY OF CONFLICT AT SEA FROM 1900 TO 2000.