Not just the definitive new history of the British Navy – but a whole new interpretation of British history.
The interaction of England’s national and political history with the development or atrophy of her sea-power is one of the most conspicuous features of her history. Yet this is the first book ever to treat her sea-power as the most permanent, inescapable condition of the country’s political existence. It is not so much a history of the Navy but a naval history of Britain. The book will reveal – almost for the first time – the extent and power of Britain’s navy since the seventh century.
Nicholas Rodger is the most able and interesting of young naval historians now working in this country. The Safeguard of the Sea takes the story from 660 to 1649. He will write two more volumes bringing his history up to the present.
The production of this book is lavish – with wonderful illustrations, line drawings and hand-drawn maps.
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From the reviews of The Wooden World:
‘The fullest, brightest and altogether most readable picture that I know of the Royal Navy that beat the Spanish and French navies in the Seven Years’
Richard Hough, Daily Telegraph
‘This excellent book, both scholarly and readable, gives us a new approach to the 18th-century British Navy, which helps to explain its historic achievement and illuminates the society of which it was a characteristic and resounding expression throughout the world.’
A. L. Rowse
‘A deeply satisfying book firmly based on new evidence but highly readable; it is enlivened by a multitude of startling and hilarious incidents, recounted with style and wit, and a whole gallery of amazing characters, from ratings to admirals.’
John Kenyon, Observer
N. A. M. Rodger is Anderson Fellow of the National Maritime Museum. He is the author of the magnificent The Wooden World, a history of the British navy in the 18th century, The Admiralty, chosen by the US Naval Institute as one of the best books of 1980, and the biographer of the Earl of Sandwich. He has contributed papers on naval history to journals in Britain and France, one of which was awarded the Corbett Prize for naval history in 1982.
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Descrizione libro HARPERCOLLINS, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 000638840X