Characteristics of Naval War, 18th and 19th Centuries

By Smaïl Aït-El-Hadj

Naval warfare during the 18th and 19th centuries had a key geostrategic role in many confrontations. Marine and naval warfare were characterized by a stable form which slowly evolved over two centuries, with a stable peak in the early 19th century. This stable “organization” was brought into question from 1850, with the succession of innovations of the period: steam power, iron structure, and explosive projectiles. This resulted in the emergence of the modern navy.
JEL Codes: F51, N4, O31


  • navy
  • naval war
  • geostrategy
  • standardization
  • military innovations
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