The Command of the Ocean

The Command of the Ocean


Author : N A M Rodger
Publisher : Penguin UK
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ISBN : 0141915900
Pages : 976 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (141 users)

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The Command of the Ocean describes with unprecedented authority and scholarship the rise of Britain to naval greatness, and the central place of the Navy and naval activity in the life of the nation and government. It describes not just battles, voyages and cruises but how the Navy was manned, how it was supplied with timber, hemp and iron, how its men (and sometimes women) were fed, and above all how it was financed and directed. It was during the century and a half covered by this book that the successful organizing of these last three - victualling, money and management - took the Navy to the heart of the British state. It is the great achievement of the book to show how completely integrated and mutually dependent Britain and the Navy then became.


Maritime Strategy and Sea Control

Maritime Strategy and Sea Control


Author : Milan Vego
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317439848
Pages : 284 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

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This book focuses on the key naval strategic objectives of obtaining and maintaining sea control. During times of war, sea control, or the ability of combatants to enjoy naval dominance, plays a crucial role in that side’s ability to attain overall victory. This book explains and analyzes in much greater detail sea control in all its complexities, and describes the main methods of obtaining and maintaining it. Building on the views of naval classical thinkers, this book utilizes historical examples to illustrate the main methods of sea control. Each chapter focuses on a particular method, including destroying the enemy forces by a decisive action, destroying enemy forces over time-attrition, containing enemy fleet, choke point control, and capturing important enemy's positions/basing area, The aim is to provide a comprehensive theory and practice of the struggle for sea control at the operational level. It should therefore provide a guide to practitioners on how to plan and conduct operational warfare at sea. The book will be of much interest to students of naval strategy, defence studies and security studies.


Sons of the Waves

Sons of the Waves


Author : Stephen Taylor
Publisher : Yale University Press
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ISBN : 0300252617
Pages : 416 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (3 users)

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A brilliant telling of the history of the common seaman in the age of sail, and his role in Britain’s trade, exploration, and warfare British maritime history in the age of sail is full of the deeds of officers like Nelson but has given little voice to plain, "illiterate" seamen. Now Stephen Taylor draws on published and unpublished memoirs, letters, and naval records, including court-martials and petitions, to present these men in their own words. In this exhilarating account, ordinary seamen are far from the hapless sufferers of the press gangs. Proud and spirited, learned in their own fashion, with robust opinions and the courage to challenge overweening authority, they stand out from their less adventurous compatriots. Taylor demonstrates how the sailor was the engine of British prosperity and expansion up to the Industrial Revolution. From exploring the South Seas with Cook to establishing the East India Company as a global corporation, from the sea battles that made Britain a superpower to the crisis of the 1797 mutinies, these "sons of the waves" held the nation’s destiny in their calloused hands.


A History of the Royal Navy

A History of the Royal Navy


Author : Martin Robson
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
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ISBN : 0857728237
Pages : 256 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (857 users)

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The Seven Years War (1756-1763) was the first global conflict and became the key factor in creating the British Empire. This book looks at Britain's maritime strategic, operational and tactical success (and failures), through a wide-ranging history of the Royal Navy's role in the war. By the end of the war in 1763 Britain was by no means a hegemonic power, but it was the only state capable of sustained global power projection on a global scale. Key to Britain's success was political and strategic direction from London, through the war planning of Pitt the Elder and the successful implementation of his policies by a stellar cast of naval and military leaders at an operational and tactical level. Martin Robson highlights the work of some of the key protagonists in the Royal Navy, such as Admiral Hawke whose appreciation of the wider strategic context at Quiberon Bay in 1759 decided the fate of North America, but he also provides insights into the experience of life in the lower decks at this time. Robson ultimately shows that the creation, containment and expansion of the British Empire was made possible by the exercise of maritime power through the Royal Navy.


The Ocean Reader

The Ocean Reader


Author : Eric Paul Roorda
Publisher : Duke University Press
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ISBN : 1478007451
Pages : 552 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (478 users)

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From prehistoric times to the present, the Ocean has been used as a highway for trade, a source of food and resources, and a space for recreation and military conquest, as well as an inspiration for religion, culture, and the arts. The Ocean Reader charts humans' relationship to the Ocean, which has often been seen as a changeless space without a history. It collects familiar, forgotten, and previously unpublished texts from all corners of the world. Spanning antiquity to the present, the volume's selections cover myriad topics including the slave trade, explorers from China and the Middle East, shipwrecks and castaways, Caribbean and Somali pirates, battles and U-boats, narratives of the Ocean's origins, and the devastating effects of climate change. Containing gems of maritime writing ranging from myth, memoir, poetry, and scientific research to journalism, song lyrics, and scholarly writing, The Ocean Reader is the essential guide for all those wanting to understand the complex and long history of the Ocean that covers over 70 percent of the planet.


Talking about Naval History

Talking about Naval History


Author : John B. Hattendorf
Publisher : Government Printing Office
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ISBN : 9781884733741
Pages : 372 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (733 users)

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NOTE: NO FURTHER DISCOUNT ON THIS PRINT PRODUCT-- OVERSTOCK SALE -- Significantly reduced list price Twenty essays selected from the writings of John B. Hattendorf, Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College, between 2001 and 2009. They represent a wide historical perspective that ranges across nearly four centuries of maritime history. A number of these pieces have been published previously but have appeared in other languages and in other countries, where they may not have come to the attention of an American naval reading audience. This collection is divided into parts that deal with four major themes: the broad field of maritime history; general naval history, with specific focus on the classical age of sail, from the mid-seventeenth century to the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815; the wide scope of American naval history from 1775 to the end of the twentieth century; and finally, the realm of naval theory and its relationship to naval historical studies. They are reprinted, with only minor alterations, as they originally appeared. This work may appeal to general history readers, scholarly and general adult readers of history especially naval and maritime, plus students pursuing coursework in military science degree programs. Other related products: Fundamentals of War Gaming --Print Paperback format can be found here: https: //bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-046-00299-1 --Print Hardcover format can be found here: https: //bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-046-00269-0 Nineteen-Gun Salute: Case Studies of Operational, Strategic, and Diplomatic Naval Leadership During the 20th and Early 21st Centuries can be found here: https: //bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-046-00252-5 Digesting History: The U.S. Naval War College, the Lessons of World War Two, and Future Naval Warfare, 1945-1947 -- Print Paperback format is available here: https: //bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-046-00255-0 --ePub format is available here: https: //bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-300-00040-2 -- ePub is also available from Apple iBookstore, BarnesandNoble.com, Books on Board eBookstore, Diesel eBookstore, Google Play eBookstore, Overdrive, Powell's eBookstore -- Please use ISBN: 9781884733864 to search for this product within these platforms. Naval War College Illustrated History and Guide can be found here: https: //bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-046-00265-7 Other products produced by the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) can be found here: https: //bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-046-00265-7


Pepys’s Navy

Pepys’s Navy


Author : J. D. Davies
Publisher : Seaforth Publishing
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ISBN : 1848320140
Pages : 304 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (848 users)

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This new reference book describes every aspect the English navy in the second half of the seventeenth century, from the time when the Fleet Royal was taken into Parliamentary control after the defeat of Charles I, until the accession of William and Mary in 1689 when the long period of war with the Dutch came to an end. This is a crucial era which witnessed the creation of a permanent naval service, in essence the birth of the Royal Navy. Every aspect of the navy is covered - naval administration, ship types and shipbuilding, naval recruitment and crews, seamanship and gunnery, shipboard life, dockyards and bases, the foreign navies of the period, and the three major wars which were fought against the Dutch in the Channel and the North Sea. Samuel Pepys, whose thirty years of service did so much to replace the ad hoc processes of the past with systems for construction and administration, is one of the most significant players, and the navy which was, by 1690, ready for the 100 years of global struggle with the French owed much to his tireless work. This book is destined to become a major work for historians, naval enthusiasts and, indeed, anyone with an interest in this colourful era of the seventeenth century.


Freedom's Debtors

Freedom's Debtors


Author : Padraic X. Scanlan
Publisher : Yale University Press
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ISBN : 0300217447
Pages : 316 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (3 users)

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Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Antislavery on a Slave Coast -- 2. Let That Heart Be English -- 3. The Vice- Admiralty Court -- 4. The Absolute Disposal of the Crown -- 5. The Liberated African Department -- Epilogue: MacCarthy's Skull -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y


Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, 1771-1831

Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, 1771-1831


Author : S. A. Cavell
Publisher : Boydell Press
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ISBN : 1843837196
Pages : 258 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (843 users)

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A fascinating study of midshipmen and other "young gentlemen", outlining their social background, career paths and what life was like for them.


Naval History 1500–1680

Naval History 1500–1680


Author : Jan Glete
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1351915649
Pages : 563 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (351 users)

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In recent decades historians have studied several new aspects of early modern naval history and placed it in a wider context than traditional studies of naval warfare. This volume brings together 23 studies on naval technology, policy-making and administration, tactics, strategy, operations and warfare on trade. They provide new insights and new ideas for further studies.


Wagnisse

Wagnisse


Author : Stefan Brakensiek
Publisher : Campus Verlag
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ISBN : 359350703X
Pages : 230 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (593 users)

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Im Erfolgsfall winken dem Wagemutigen Ruhm, ökonomischer Gewinn sowie wachsendes soziales und symbolisches Kapital. Dem Scheiternden bleibt zumindest der Nachruhm: Hat er nicht die Zukunft herausgefordert und sich nicht passiv in sein Schicksal ergeben? Eingegangene Risiken werden jedoch erst im nachträglichen Erzählen zum Wagnis. Was die einen als Wagnis preisen, mag von anderen als Fehler, Übermut, Hybris, ja Verbrechen gesehen werden.


A new naval history

A new naval history


Author : Quintin Colville
Publisher : Manchester University Press
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ISBN : 152611383X
Pages : 264 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (526 users)

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This volume brings together a diverse selection of the latest academic research in the field of naval history. No longer confined to analyses of ships and battles, it is the first publication to capture a new form naval history that engages with race, sexuality, gender, material culture, popular culture and fine art. Edited by two leading historians of the Royal Navy, it will become a defining book in the field.


The Foundations of British Maritime Ascendancy

The Foundations of British Maritime Ascendancy


Author : Roger Morriss
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 1139494899
Pages : pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (139 users)

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British power and global expansion between 1755 and 1815 have mainly been attributed to the fiscal-military state and the achievements of the Royal navy at sea. Roger Morriss here sheds new light on the broader range of developments in the infrastructure of the state needed to extend British power at sea and overseas. He demonstrates how developments in culture, experience and control in central government affected the supply of ships, manpower, food, transport and ordnance as well as the support of the army, permitting the maintenance of armed forces of unprecedented size and their projection to distant stations. He reveals how the British state, although dependent on the private sector, built a partnership with it based on trust, ethics and the law. This book argues that Britain's military bureaucracy, traditionally regarded as inferior to the fighting services, was in fact the keystone of the nation's maritime ascendancy.


Eighteenth-Century Naval Officers

Eighteenth-Century Naval Officers


Author : Evan Wilson
Publisher : Springer Nature
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ISBN : 3030257002
Pages : 235 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (3 users)

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This book surveys the lives and careers of naval officers across Europe at the height of the age of sail. It traces the professionalization of naval officers by exploring their preparation for life at sea and the challenges they faced while in command. It also demonstrates the uniqueness of the maritime experience, as long voyages and isolation at sea cemented their bond with naval officers across Europe while separating them from landlubbers. It depicts, in a way no previous study has, the parameters of their shared experiences—both the similarities that crossed national boundaries and connected officers, and the differences that can only be seen from an international perspective.


British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 – 1817

British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 – 1817


Author : Rif Winfield
Publisher : Pen and Sword
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ISBN : 1783469269
Pages : 432 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (783 users)

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The revised edition of this authoritative naval history provides a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the Royal Navy of the Napoleonic Era. A major contribution to naval history, this third volume in Rif Winfield’s British Warships in the Age of Sail covers every vessel that served in the Royal Navy between the outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars and the Battle of Waterloo. Revised to incorporate new research, it details more than 2000 ships—whether purpose-built, captured, purchased or merely hired. Providing comprehensive technical data on the ships, this volume also includes commissioning dates, refit periods, changes of captain, their stations of service, as well as notes on any actions in which they took part. The book is well illustrated with contemporary prints and drawings that show the wide variety of service required of naval vessels in late 18th and early 19th centuries. Specially commissioned general arrangement drawings also depict the most significant classes. In all, it is a fitting tribute to a navy that at the zenith of its power in 1809 comprised one half of all the warships in the world


The Trafalgar Chronicle

The Trafalgar Chronicle


Author : Peter Hore
Publisher : Seaforth Publishing
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ISBN : 1526759691
Pages : 232 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (526 users)

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The Trafalgar Chronicle is the publication of choice for new research about the Georgian Navy, sometimes called ‘Nelson’s Navy’, though its scope includes all the sailing navies of the period from 1714 to 1837. The theme of the 2021 issue is ‘Georgian Navy encounters with indigenous and enslaved populations’. The theme is particularly relevant to current-day discussions and social activism occurring across the globe, that have brought new insights and perspectives to Western history of colonization, exploration, and slavery. The lead article, by 1805 Club member Tom D. Fremantle, tells the story of his ancestor, Philip Gidley King, who sailed to Botany Bay with the First Fleet in 1787. becoming the first Lieutenant Governor of Norfolk Island and the third Governor of New South Wales. His encounters with the Maoris are unforgettably touching. Another contribution reveals how the British lured slaves away from their American masters’ plantations with the promise of freedom during the War of 1812. In the tradition of recent editions, the 2021 Trafalgar Chronicle contains biographical sketches of Nelson’s contemporaries including Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Saunders, naval hero of Quebec; Sir Harry Neale, Baronet GCB, a royal favorite; and Admiral Sir Philip Durham, a Trafalgar Captain turned politician. Meanwhile, Captain Christer Hägg, RSwN Rtd regales readers with the tale of Captain Johan Puke leading the Swedish fleet in a daring breakout from the Russian blockade at Viborg in 1790. Scholars and students, experts and enthusiasts fascinated by the era of the sailing navy will be absorbed by the latest edition of this handsomely illustrated journal.


Admiral Saumarez Versus Napoleon

Admiral Saumarez Versus Napoleon


Author : Tim Voelcker
Publisher : Boydell & Brewer Ltd
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ISBN : 1843834316
Pages : 294 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (843 users)

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Detailed investigation of the key role played by Admiral Saumarez in the continuing naval warfare against Napoleon.