The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - 907 Seiten
The Command of the Ocean describes with unprecedented authority and scholarship the rise of Britain to naval greatness, and the central place of the Navy and naval activity in the life of the nation and government. Based on the author's own research in a dozen languages over more than a decade, it describes not just battles, voyages, and cruises but also how the Navy was manned, supplied, fed, and, above all, how it was financed and directed.

N. A. M. Rodger provides convincing reassessments of such famous figures as Pepys, Hawke, Howe, and St. Vincent. The very particular and distinct qualities of Nelson and Collingwood are illuminatingly contrasted, and the world of officers and men who make up the originals of Jack Aubrey and Horatio Hornblower is brilliantly brought to life. Rodger's comparative view of other navies—French, Dutch, Spanish, and American—allows him to make a fresh assessment of the qualities of the British.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - RobertP - LibraryThing

Easy to read survey of the height of British sea power. The scholarship is extraordinary, and thankfully it is combined with an ability to write in the English tongue. It goes far to explain not only ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

The alternative title for this work could be "The Impact of Politics and Social Change on the Royal Navy," as Rodger argues that without the need to secure religious liberty and Parliment's ultimate ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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A Mountain of Iron Operations 16491654
lxv
Cromwells Hooves Operations 16541659
14
A LookingGlass of Calamity Administration 16491660
27
The Melody of Experienced Saints Social History 16491660
44
Terrible Obstinate and Bloody Battle Operations 16601668
59
Protestant Liberty Operations 16681687
74
Amazement and Discontent Administration 16601688
89
Learning and Doing and Suffering Social History 16601688
106
Science versus Technology Ships 17141815
402
Order and Anarchy Operations 17931797
420
Infinite Honour Social History 17931802 Men and Manning
436
The Second Coalition Operations 17971801
448
A Great and Virtuous Character Administration 17931815
467
A Thinking Set of People Social History 18031815 Men and Manning
483
Honour and Salt Beef Social History 17931815 Officers
501
Gain and Loss Operations 18031805
522

Mad Proceedings Operations 16881692
130
Notorious and Treacherous Mismanagement Operations 16931700
146
An Additional Empire Operations 17011714
158
Strife and Envy Administration 16891714
175
Our Mob Social History 16891714
195
Great Frigates Ships 16491714
210
Pride and Prejudice Operations 17151744
220
A Strong Squadron in Soundings Operations 17441748
235
A Scandal to the Navy Operations 17491758
251
Myths Made Real Operations 17581763
266
The Great Wheels of Commerce and War Administration 17151763
285
Disagreeable Necessities Social History 17151763
306
The Battle of the Legislature Operations 17631779
321
Distant Waters Operations 17801783
337
The British Lion Has Claws Operations 17841792
352
Plans of Improvement Administration 17631792
362
A Golden Chain or a Wooden Leg Social History 17631792 Officers
374
Dividing and Quartering Social History 17631792 Men and Manning
389
A Continental System Operations 18061811
539
No Greater Obligations Operations 18121815
557
Conclusion
569
Chronology
579
Ships
600
Fleets
604
Rates of Pay
612
Admirals and Officials
623
Manpower
630
Naval Finance
634
References
641
English Glossary
741
Foreign Glossary
766
Abbreviations
768
Bibliography
771
Index
859
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Über den Autor (2005)

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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