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Maritime power & the struggle for freedom : naval campaigns that shaped the modern world, 1788-1851 / Peter Padfield

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Maritime power & the struggle for freedom : naval campaigns that shaped the modern world, 1788-1851 / Peter Padfield
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Maritime power & the struggle for freedom
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naval campaigns that shaped the modern world, 1788-1851 / Peter Padfield
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Peter Padfield
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Maritime power and the struggle for freedom
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eng
Summary
With Maritime Supremacy, naval historian Peter Padfield was acclaimed for bringing a fresh perspective to world history by looking at it through the lens of naval history, as no one had before. Now in the follow-up to that book, Maritime Power, Padfield combines the drama of battle with a trenchant analysis of the causes of victory, revealing the hidden constant of history whereby sea powers have, throughout the modern era, prevailed over land-based empires. In the history of warfare at sea, no era can match the glory of the Nelson era, during which Britain gained supremacy over her rival, Napoleonic France, in the Battle of Trafalgar of 1805, and after which she was to find a new rival, the young United States, in the War of 1812. Padfield sets the reader on the gun deck, amid the cannons, smoke, blood, and death and "offers naval campaigns and sea battles as vivid as anything you will find in Patrick O'Brian" (former secretary of the U.S. Navy, John Lehman, The Wall Street Journal). In his analysis of the factors that led Britain to global dominance in the nineteenth century, Padfield shows naval history to be a major determinant and shaper of the modern world
Review
  • In this sequel to his Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind , naval historian Padfield continues to develop his thesis that "the beliefs and present dominance of those beliefs" of the liberal Western nations "are the result, not of any natural progression of the human mind…but rather a consequence of the global distribution of sea and land masses which has conferred strategic advantage on powers able to use and dominate the seas." The essence of Padfield's present thesis is that "before the modern era and the development of the great-gunned sailing warship able to trade and achieve maritime supremacy around the globe, no maritime state could accumulate the wealth, and thus the strength, to do much more than coexist with neighboring territorial empires"; however, when, first the United Provinces (centered in Amsterdam), then Great Britain, and, finally, the United States, achieved "global maritime supremacy," the stage was set for "global capitalism and the liberal values and institutions which grew from it and served it." Padfield conducts a tour of crucial naval campaigns from those resulting from the French Revolution, through the American War of 1812, to the aftermath of the Napoleonic War in this insightful and far-reaching study. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.—Robert C. Jones, Warrensburg, MO --Robert C. Jones (Reviewed February 1, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 2, p93)
  • Of fighting ships and their persuasive power.The title of British naval historian Padfield's latest, companion to his 2001 study, Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind, promises wide-ranging inquiry. In fact, this volume is of considerably narrower scope, focusing closely on the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, with some attention given to the later period between Waterloo and the rise of the transatlantic steamer trade. Though England's loss of its southern American colonies weakened it militarily, Padfield writes, victory against France at the 1782 Battle of the Saints "reestablished British naval ascendancy in the vital struggle against the Bourbons; even more significantly, although financially much exhausted, Britain ended the [colonial] war in far better shape than France or Spain." That ascendancy was instrumental in containing and eventually defeating Napoleon, who inherited some of Louis XVI's view that France's future would be built on the high seas but then devoted himself largely to dry-land conquests. Before contending with Napoleon full on, however, the Admiralty had to grapple with the financial problems of building and funding a modern navy, as well as with the occasional outbreak of mutiny (even if that of the Channel Fleet in 1797 was "conducted with exemplary restraint and respect." The author covers all these things well. He is particularly strong on naval tactics, as we see in his analysis of Admiral Duncan's conduct at Camperdown and Lord Nelson's at Trafalgar, "not the culminating achievement of the sailing era, but an anomaly induced by their enemy's decline. They were tactics of disdain." Disdain, of course, that won the world, if only for a few generations.Somewhat less accessible than Herman Arthur's recent To Rule the Waves (p. 848), but a narrative of interest to fans of Aubrey, Hornblower, and other heroes of the tall masts, as well as of naval history. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2004)
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Padfield, Peter
Dewey number
909/.09821081
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D215
LC item number
.P33 2005
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Naval history, Modern
  • Naval history, Modern
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adult
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naval campaigns that shaped the modern world, 1788-1851
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Maritime power & the struggle for freedom : naval campaigns that shaped the modern world, 1788-1851 / Peter Padfield
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [431]-437) and index
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Contents
The French Revolution, 1789 -- The Terror, 1793 -- The glorious first of June, 1794 -- St. Vincent, 1797 -- Camperdown, 1797 -- The Nile, 1798 -- Copenhagen, 1801 -- Warriors and merchants -- Bonaparte's Army of England, 1803 -- Trafalgar, 1805 -- The empire of the oceans -- The continental blockade -- The American War, 1812 -- Lake Eerie and Plattsburg Bay, 1813-1814 -- Napoleon's nemesis -- The sceptre of the world
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 451 pages
Isbn
9781585675890
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005040513
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 57564842
  • (OCoLC)57564842
Label
Maritime power & the struggle for freedom : naval campaigns that shaped the modern world, 1788-1851 / Peter Padfield
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [431]-437) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The French Revolution, 1789 -- The Terror, 1793 -- The glorious first of June, 1794 -- St. Vincent, 1797 -- Camperdown, 1797 -- The Nile, 1798 -- Copenhagen, 1801 -- Warriors and merchants -- Bonaparte's Army of England, 1803 -- Trafalgar, 1805 -- The empire of the oceans -- The continental blockade -- The American War, 1812 -- Lake Eerie and Plattsburg Bay, 1813-1814 -- Napoleon's nemesis -- The sceptre of the world
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 451 pages
Isbn
9781585675890
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005040513
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 57564842
  • (OCoLC)57564842

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