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American Coastal Defenses 1885-1950 by Terrance McGovern, Bolling Smith, Peter Bull

By Terrance McGovern, Bolling Smith, Peter Bull

A brand new around of fortification development started within the usa and its in a foreign country territories within the late-19th century, which benefited from the most recent expertise and the rise in America's world wide financial stature. This publication offers a concise creation to the layout, improvement and goal of yank coastal defenses within the "modern" interval (1885-1950), a interval outlined by way of concrete, metal, and robust breech-loading rifles. choked with interval and modern day photographs of the fortifications, and written by means of a number one specialist, it covers the emplacements, weaponry, gear, and folks that defended their nation in instances of significant swap and uncertainty.

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The radical Islamist ideology can remain an elegant, self-contained construct, like Marxism before the Bolshevik Revolution. Seen in this light, al Qaeda’s and the Taliban’s loss of control over Afghanistan may not have been an unmitigated failure for the Islamists; they can once again project an image that is untainted by practical failures of governance. Of course, the fact that the jihadists are not in power also makes them more difficult to deter; compared to the government of a conventional territorial state, they have little to lose that a power seeking to deter them can hold at risk.

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