Sharman shows instead that European expansion from the late 15th to the late 18th centuries is better explained by deference to strong Asian and African polities, diseases in the Americas, and maritime supremacy
earned by default because local land-oriented polities were largely indifferent to war and trade at sea.
France thus began a rapid ship-construction program, and by the end of the decade it had constructed twenty-six ironclads, representing a challenge to Great Britain in the form of potential maritime supremacy
in British coastal waters.
Both QE2 and Queen Mary have this in common: They were ships of state built to reflect maritime supremacy
of the British Merchant Navy.
Navy has enjoyed global maritime supremacy
for the past 25 years, Richardson said, "But those days are over and we are back in competition." American naval forces today face a new era of competition from rising and resurgent naval powers, he noted, citing the a recent joint drill in the Baltic Sea involving the Russian and Chinese navies and a Chinese live-fire exercise in the Mediterranean Sea.
As with other powerful nations throughout history, maritime supremacy
has been the key to America's rise to superpower status and the relative peace of the postwar era.
Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan showed further reductions for the future, putting the fleet's average yearly number of ships below the 300 mark that was once seen as a critical threshold for maritime supremacy
. In fiscal year 2014 and 2015 that number will dip below 280 ships.
There was a fascinating article in the Sunday New York Times about how advanced technology, new energy finds, and global warming are all conspiring to create, as the headline has it, "A New Era of Gunboat Diplomacy"of the navies of rival countries jousting dangerously for maritime supremacy
. "If the South China Sea is simmering," reports Mark Landler,
McDougall invoked history and the wisdom of classical geopolitical theorists, such as Karl Haushofer, Halford Mackinder, and Alfred Thayer Mahan, to show that the most successful grand strategies have been based on sea power and maritime supremacy
. McDougall noted that the much maligned Haushofer (because of his connection to some high-level Nazis in the 1930s) wrote interesting and prescient geopolitical analyses of Asia and the Pacific.
It was born alongside the development of its wealth, grew with its maritime supremacy
and reached maturity at the height of its power.
Surrounded by sea, and with a strong fleet the Minoan evolved into a powerful thalasocracy (maritime supremacy
STOCKTON'S maritime supremacy
on Teesside in the 18th century was undisputed, having had customs officers based in the town since 1680, with responsibility for not only the entire length of the tidal Tees, but also the coastline extending between Ryhope and Saltburn.