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During World War II, there were six significant naval powers: the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan. However, compared to the other powers, the economic and shipbuilding might of the United States was far superior and proved to be a decisive factor in securing an Allied victory. The end of the war reset the global balance of power and left the United States as the unquestionable superpower.
Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and founding director of International Security Studies at Yale University, joins Doug to unpack his latest book, Victory at Sea: Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II, and the lessons drawn for today’s great power competition on the high seas.
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You can order a copy of Victory at Sea: Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II, here.