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The line upon a wind : an intimate history of the last and greatest war fought at sea under sail, 1739-1815

Author: Noël Mostert
Publisher: London : Vintage, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In February 1793 France declared war on Britain and Holland. The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars that raged for the next twenty-two years saw European powers manoeuvring for mercantile and political advantage in a complex and ever-changing web of alliances and coalitions. By 1815 the world was a different place."--Back cover.
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Genre/Form: History
Naval history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noël Mostert
ISBN: 9780712609272 071260927X
OCLC Number: 195676895
Notes: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2007.
Description: pages cm
Contents: pt. 1. The tactical evolution --
Ocean --
Navy --
Century --
Decade --
pt. 2. The great war, first phase, 1793-1805 --
Wood --
Shipboard --
Toulon --
Buonaparte --
Corsica --
Battle --
Uncertainty --
Change --
Triumph --
Mutiny --
Tenerife --
Camperdown --
Duel --
Offensive --
Nile --
Barbary --
Neutrality --
"Quasi-war" --
Impressed --
Naples --
Acre --
Return --
Consul --
Home --
Baltic --
Straits --
Amiens --
"Temeraire" --
Resumption --
Boulogne --
Tripoli --
Watch --
Chase --
Prelude --
Trafalgar --
Aftermath --
pt. 3. The conclusive struggle, 1805-1816 --
Appraisal --
Rampage --
Sandy Hook --
Chesapeake --
Abominable --
Peninsula --
Collingwood --
Cadiz --
Catalonia --
Basque roads --
Expeditionary forces --
Timor --
China & Japan --
Crisis --
Breakdown --
"Swallow" --
Tarragona --
America --
War --
"Macedonian" --
Reflection --
Northwest --
Lakeland --
Torpedoes --
Elba --
Snow march --
Patuxent --
New Orleans --
Adriatic --
Adieu --
Algiers.
Responsibility: Noel Mostert.

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This was to be the longest, hardest and cruellest war ever fought at sea and while the war on land saw the rise of the greatest soldier ever known - Napoleon Buonaparte - the war at sea had the  Read more...

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