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EMPIRE OF THE SEAS: How the Navy Forged the Modern World

BRIAN LAVERY    Book Number: 81768    Product format: Hardback

The year 1588 marked a turning point in Britain's national story. Victory over the Spanish Armada transformed the country into a seafaring nation and it generated a myth that would one day become a reality - the nation's destiny, the source of her wealth and power lay out in the oceans. Exploring further themes raised by the television series which inspired this book, Brian Lavery, a Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, documents the progress of the Royal Navy from late Tudor times to the First World War. He discusses its relationship with the state and the British people, analyses the tactics and initiatives that created dramatic victories, and the failures and incompetence that led to disaster. Rising through the administrative brilliance of Pepys, Anson and Lord Sandwich and the inspirational leadership of Blake, Hawke and Nelson, the Royal Navy became the most powerful force in the world. But the conviction of Britain's navy as undisputed ruler of the waves bred sterility in strategic thinking and complacency during the long peace of the 19th century. The four parts of the book comprise 16 chapters covering over 300 years of naval history including Dutch Wars, Reform and Revolution, Defeat into Victory, Crisis and Mutiny, Nelson and the New Tactics and Steam, Steel and Shellfire. The Royal Navy of today has far more firepower than it ever had in the days of Drake, Nelson, Fisher or Churchill. The navy had a 1000 ships in the early 1800s, 8,000 during World War Two and now just 88 today. 272 pages, lavishly illustrated with maps and diagrams. 8" x 10".
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ISBN 9781591142348
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