Anyone with an interest in the importance, variety, and vitality of naval history should read this collection of academic papers. The Naval History Symposium held every two years at the U.S. Naval Academy attracts the best and brightest naval historians from around the world. This collection of thirteen papers selected from the 2007 meeting represents the most up-to-date scholarship in naval history. Combining extensive research, deep insights, and innovative interpretations, these essays provide readers with significant new perspectives on a wide array of naval subjects and historical periods.