A study of the political utility of navies, meant for war, but for over 40 years used in the "violent peace" of the modern era. This book considers what navies might yet do in total war and have actually done in limited war, and it studies their use in gunboat diplomacy, showing the flag, policing the coastal estate and tackling pirates and terrorists. James Cable also looks at proxy war at sea, naval arms control and the case for ocean-going navies. James Cable has also written "Britain's Naval Future", "Diplomacy at Sea", "The Geneva Conference of 1954 on Indochina", "Gunboat Diplomacy 1919-1979", "Political Institutions and Issues in Britain" and "The Royal Navy and the Siege of Bilbao".
Introduction - Total War at Sea - Limited War at Sea - Proxy War at Sea - The Persistence of Gunboat Diplomacy - Gunboat Diplomacy in the Eighties and Beyond - Showing the Flag - Estate Management at Sea - Piracy and Terrorism at Sea - Who Needs Ocean Going Navies? - Arms Control at Sea - Notes and References - Select Bibliography - Index