The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain, 660-1649

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - 691 Seiten
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Throughout the chronicle of Britain's history, one factor above all others has determined the fate of kings, the security of trade, and the integrity of the realm. Without its navy, Britain would have been a weakling among the nations of Europe, could never have built or maintained the empire, and in all likelihood would have been overrun by the armies of Napoleon and Hitler. Now, for the first time in nearly a century, a prominent naval historian has undertaken a comprehensive account of the history and traditions of this most essential institution. N. A. M. Rodger has produced a superb work, combining scholarship with narrative, that demonstrates how the political and social history of Britain has been inextricably intertwined with the strength-or weakness-of her seapower. From the early military campaigns against the Vikings to the defeat of the great Spanish Armada in the reign of Elizabeth I, this volume touches on some of the most colorful characters in British history. It also provides fascinating details on naval construction, logistics, health, diet, and weaponry. "A splendid book. It combines impressively detailed research with breadth of perception....[Rodger] has prepared an admirable historical record that will be read and reread in the years ahead."--Times [London]

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THE SAFEGUARD OF THE SEA: A Naval History of Britain: 660-1649

Nutzerbericht  - Kirkus

A comprehensive thousand-year chronicle of naval history around the British Isles and of the vital importance of sea power in safeguarding a realm that provided an inviting target for marauders ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - joeldinda - LibraryThing

While I'm really not qualified to judge the historical content--that's why I read this book, after all--Rodger is more transparent than many authors as he weighs the available sources, deciding what ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

The Three Seas
1
The First English Empires
18
The Partition of Britain
31
The Fall of the House of Anjou
50
Ships of
61
The Northern Wars
73
Edward III at
91
Decline and Fall
109
The Path to Fame
297
Sailors for my Money
311
The Undertakings of a Maiden Queen
327
No More Drakes
347
Administration 16031630
379
One and
395
The Fall of Three Kingdoms
411
Conclusion
427

The Chief Support of the Kingdom
117
Captains and Admirals
131
The End of the Empire
143
Change and Decay
153
Departed Dreams
168
The Flower of Englands Garland
190
The Galley and the Galleon
204
The Council of the Marine
221
The Spanish
238
The Advantage of Time and Place
254
Chronology
435
Ships
473
Medieval Fleets
490
Rates of Pay
498
Admirals and Officials
504
References
511
Glossary
589
Abbreviations
609
Index
663
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Über den Autor (1998)

N. A. M. Rodger is professor of naval history at Exeter University and a fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of The Wooden World and the highly acclaimed volumes of his naval history of Britain, The Safeguard of the Sea and The Command of the Ocean. He lives in England.

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