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This new ebook brings jointly Britain’s top naval historians and analysts to offer a finished research of British naval pondering and what has made it so exact during the last 3 centuries, from the crusing send period to the present day. This new quantity describes extensive the beginnings of formalized thought of the behavior of naval operations within the 18th Century, its transformation throughout the effect of industrialization within the nineteenth Century and its software within the global Wars of the 20 th. This booklet concludes with a evaluation of contemporary British naval pondering and the looks of naval doctrine opposed to the uncertainties of the lack of empire, the chilly warfare, nuclear guns and the large alterations dealing with us as we stream in to the hot millennium. How perceptive and detailed used to be British naval pondering? the place did British rules come from? Did they make sure or in simple terms keep on with British event? Do they clarify British naval luck ? The participants to this quantity take on those key questions in a e-book that might be of substantial curiosity to the maritime group round the English-speaking international. This publication could be of serious curiosity to all scholars and pros with an curiosity within the background of the Royal military, modern British maritime operations and strategic stories. this can be a commemorative quantity of the existence and paintings of the celebrated Professor Bryan Ranft.

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Clowes (1902) p. vii. Cited in Hattendorf (2005) p. 174; see also MacKenzie (2005). Letter 11 Feb 1906 in Brett (1934) p. 142. ‘Putting the sea back in Britain’, The Economist 20 Nov 2004. Black (2004) pp. 361–2 et seq. ‘History lost in a sea of uncertainty’, Daily Telegraph 29 June 2005 and the Frank Johnson column, Daily Telegraph 2 July 2005. Anne, in Thomas Hardy’s The Trumpet Major (1925) p. 354. Churchill cited in Lehman (1988) p. 25. 13–14. Corbett (1904) p. 154. For a wider exploration of this thesis see Gordon (1996).

Naval campaigns and overseas expeditions, on the other hand, were the English way of warfare; patriotic and profitable. 16 The real naval policy of eighteenth-century England is not to be discovered in the fevered stereotypes of parliamentary debates and popular journalism, and it is very often misunderstood by modern historians. M. Rodger eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Navy was not primarily concerned with imperial expansion or even overseas trade. 17 It is easy for the modern observer to underestimate the extent to which the English felt insecure with the greatest military power of the age a day’s sail away across the Channel, and these fears were sharpened by the presence of a legitimate dynasty in exile, and by Protestant attitudes towards Catholicism.

The strategy was based on the exploitation of geography, but geography left one serious flaw in it. The Western Squadron could do a great deal from its cruising ground in the Western Approaches, but it could not easily watch a port as far away as Cadiz, and it could not by any means cover Toulon. The fact that the bulk of the French fleet was divided between Levant and Ponant was a permanent strategic problem for France, but it was equally a problem for Britain. Though it was hard for France to concentrate her fleet, it was even harder for the British to control or counter the operations of squadrons from Toulon.

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