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Empire of the Seas: How the navy forged the modern world

Empire of the Seas: How the navy forged the modern world (Paperback)

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The year 1588 marked a turning point in our national story. Victory over the Spanish Armada transformed us into a seafaring nation and it sparked a myth that one day would become a reality - that the nation's new destiny, the source of her future wealth and power lay out on the oceans. This book tells the story of how the navy expanded from a tiny force to become the most complex industrial enterprise on earth; how the need to organise it laid the foundations of our civil service and our economy; and how it transformed our culture, our sense of national identity and our democracy.



Re-issued in trade paperback format Brian Lavery's narrative explores the navy's rise over four centuries; a key factor in propelling Britain to its status as the most powerful nation on earth, and assesses the turning point of Jutland and the First World War. He creates a compelling read that is every bit as engaging as the TV series itself.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsMaritime historyHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryEnglish Civil WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesNaval forces & warfareHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 07/07/2012 ISBN-13: 9781844861323  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Brian Lavery is one of Britain's leading naval historians and a prolific author. A Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and a renowned expert on the sailing navy and the Royal Navy, in 2007 he won the prestigious Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award. His naval writing was further honoured in 2008 with the Society of Nautical Research's Anderson Medal. His recent titles include Ship (2006), Royal Tars (2010), Conquest of the Ocean (2013), In Which They Served (2008), and Churchill's Navy (2006).

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