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British sea power : [how Britain became sovereign of the seas]

Author: David Armine Howarth
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003.
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From the transatlantic adventures attributed to Ireland's St. Brendan in the fifth century to Britain's unparalleled supremacy on the seas in the twentieth, this illustrated history traces the evolution of the naval fleets, admiralty, and merchantmen that for centuries defined the world's greatest seafaring nation. Focusing on key voyages undertaken by the British in the course of fifteen hundred years, maritime  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Naval history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Armine Howarth
ISBN: 078671249X 9780786712496
OCLC Number: 53071251
Notes: Subtitle from cover.
Rev. pbk. ed. of: Sovereign of the seas, 1974.
Includes index.
Description: vi, 464 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: The hermits of Ireland --
The Anglo-Saxons --
Chivalry and Crusaders --
Ships, laws and navigation --
Battles and pirates --
The great ships of Agincourt --
The search for Cathay --
The North-West passage --
John Hawkins and the slave trade --
Tudor ships --
The sport of baiting Spaniards --
The world encompassed --
Defeat of the Armada --
Last voyages of the Elizabethans --
East Indiamen --
Pepys and the Stuart Navy --
The Royal Society --
Wars in the eighteenth century --
The age of exploration --
The age of Nelson --
Pax Britannica I --
Steam --
Pax Britannica II --
The climax of power.
Responsibility: David Howarth ; with a postscript by Margaret Rule.
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From the transatlantic adventures attributed to Ireland's St. Brendan in the fifth century to Britain's unparalleled supremacy on the seas in the twentieth, this illustrated history traces the evolution of the naval fleets, admiralty, and merchantmen that for centuries defined the world's greatest seafaring nation. Focusing on key voyages undertaken by the British in the course of fifteen hundred years, maritime historian David Howarth revisits the great successes and disasters that marked Britain's progress through the early days of piracy, the era of Elizabethan exploration, the age of mercantile expansion, and the eighteenth-century rivalry with Holland, France and Spain. He recounts the sea battles of the Napoleonic Wars that made Horatio Nelson a national hero and won Britain its unchallenged authority at sea, so that Britannia indeed ruled the waves--until the dark days of WWI and WWII. The early twentieth century saw that the British naval force was far greater than any other, and more than half the world's merchant ships were built and owned in Britain. That moment would pass, but it is recaptured and reconstructed in this history of a nation that for a century brought Pax Britannica to the world's seas. Maps are included. --From publisher's description.

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