One could comfortably fill a chapter with the contradictory pronouncements of the maritime nations concerning the role of their navies. Any appeal to manifest destiny is naturally nonsense. The Koreans displayed naval prowess — as they still do — centuries before either Americans or Russians had been heard of. Almost as long elapsed before any other Europeans emulated the global reach of the Vikings, still perhaps the most cost-effective sea predators human history knows. Naval ambitions and naval resources rise and fall not only with the balance of power in the world, but also with the variable chemistry of national politics.
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