About the Naval History Blog

First and foremost, this blog is an excursion into the most intriguing questions, theories and musings that continue to fascinate naval historians. It is a meeting place where renowned scholars and self-taught history buffs linger and share ideas and perspective on naval events that shape nations.

The Naval History Blog is hosted by The U.S. Naval Institute. Steeped in the traditions of naval history, the USNI sees it as a cornerstone of its mission, bringing its considerable intellectual resources and passion for naval history to this destination.

The forum is a place to honor our naval heritage, explore its unresolved debates, uncover new information, and respectfully stimulate an honest, thoughtful discussion.

Rules of Engagement

Most visitors are here because they have a point of view, which they wish to respectfully express and discuss. We welcome that. By inviting bloggers and aggregating a balance of views all on one site, we hope to explore a wide range of thought.

The goal is a thoughtful, authoritative analysis about naval history, with Guest Bloggers who are willing to respectfully state and defend their opinions and participants ready to offer additional commentary.

We do insist on the following:

  • No personal attacks, threats, or harassment of anyone, including the nation’s leaders, past or present.
  • The Naval History Administrators moderate comments and will remove any that violate these standards, or anything else that is offered with what is deemed malicious intent.
  • The Naval History Administrators only post content from our archives to give a voice to the past. The opinions of Guest Bloggers expressed here are never those of either the U.S Naval Institute.
  • It is possible to communicate effectively without profanity, racial or sexist language.

We also hope for the following:

  • Don’t be boring. Discussions that devolve from policy into politics almost always violate this principle.
  • Comment. Thoughtfully. Be ready to support and defend your positions.
  • When you can, cite your “authority” for stating a position. Be open to all counter-arguments, and do not be dismissive of honestly expressed opposite views. It is the debate and exchange that is most valuable.

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