The hull of the old ship of naval history, stripped of her tackle and ornament may well be food for worms, but the subject on which naval historians focus should not be overlooked or lost. It can appear again in a new model, corrected and amended by a new breed of historians, who work with wider viewpoints and on firm intellectual foundations. Along those lines, the essays in this volume provide some valuable insights and offer stimulating ideas on new approaches that promote excellence in doing naval history.
Hattendorf, John B., "HM 13: Doing Naval History - Essays Toward Improvement" (1995). Historical Monographs. 13.