The Rise And Fall of British Naval Mastery

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Penguin UK, Jan 26, 2017 - History - 464 pages

Paul Kennedy's classic naval history, now updated with a new introduction by the author

This acclaimed book traces Britain's rise and fall as a sea power from the Tudors to the present day. Challenging the traditional view that the British are natural 'sons of the waves', he suggests instead that the country's fortunes as a significant maritime force have always been bound up with its economic growth. In doing so, he contributes significantly to the centuries-long debate between 'continental' and 'maritime' schools of strategy over Britain's policy in times of war. Setting British naval history within a framework of national, international, economic, political and strategic considerations, he offers a fresh approach to one of the central questions in British history. A new introduction extends his analysis into the twenty-first century and reflects on current American and Chinese ambitions for naval mastery.

'Excellent and stimulating' Correlli Barnett

'The first scholar to have set the sweep of British Naval history against the background of economic history' Michael Howard, Sunday Times

'By far the best study that has ever been done on the subject ... a sparkling and apt quotation on practically every page' Daniel A. Baugh, International History Review

'The best single-volume study of Britain and her naval past now available to us' Jon Sumida, Journal of Modern History

 

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Contents

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Britain Dependence upon foreign navies in overseas waters
PREFACE
THE ELEMENTS OF SEA POWER
RISE
THE STUART NAVY AND THE WARS WITH THE DUTCH 160388
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST FRANCE AND SPAIN 16891756
ZENITH
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST FRANCE RENEWED 17931815
trade The Continental System why it failed Reasons for
FALL
STALEMATE AND STRAIN 191418
THE YEARS OF DECAY 191939
position in 1939 Impossibility of defeating Germany by naval
decaying world empires compared The defence budget
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Paul Kennedy is among the world's best-selling and most influential historians. Raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he took his doctorate in Oxford and began work shortly afterwards for the first great historian of WW2, Sir Basil Liddell Hart. He now teaches at Yale, and is the author or editor of nineteen books, including The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (translated into over twenty languages), and Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War.

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