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This book fills an important gap in the literature on the history of the modern Royal Navy. Eric Grove provides the only up-to-date, single-authored short history of the service over the last two hundred years, synthesizing the new work and latest research on the subject which has radically transformed our understanding of the story of British naval development. Grove offers a concise and authoritative account of Royal Navy policy, structure, technical development and operations from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the close of the eventful twentieth century. Ideal for both specialist and general readers, this essential introduction explains how the Royal Navy maintained its pre-eminent position in the nineteenth century and how it coped with the more difficult problems of the twentieth, in times of peace and war.
David Hannay endeavours to give a popular, but clear and not inaccurate, account of the growth, and services, of the Royal Navy. The books is divided into two volumes. The first volume begins with King John and ends at the Revolution of 1688. The second volume will give the history of the great struggle with France and her dependent allies, which began in 1689, and ended only when the time of great naval wars was over.
This short history of the Royal Navy provides a useful overview of Britain's Navy and why it is held in high esteem by those associated with this the 'Senior Service'. It traces the early development of the primary ship of war the battle ship or 'man-o-war'. As well a detailed exploration of the development of the ships itself A Brief History of The Royal Navy also looks at the development of its armament, the cannon and the great guns of the dreadnoughts. The role of the Royal Navy was primarily warfare but was also had a defensive role and for some two hundred was responsible for maintaining Britain's supremacy as 'Sovereign of the High Seas'. If Britain 'Ruled the Waves' it was because the Royal Navy policed the oceans of the world and maintained its Empire. The role of women in the Royal Navy is not ignored nor is the ignoble problems of slavery and piracy and more intriguingly there are tales of ghosts-ships. The role of animals as pets and couriers is also unexpected. The glossary is most illuminating and in itself makes this a reference book worth having on any library shelf.
Originally published in 1938, this book was written to provide an account of the historical development of naval and marine engineering. The material which formed the basis of the text was gathered together from a variety of sources during a period of approximately thirty years. Technical papers, presidential addresses, journals, textbooks, biographies, official regulations, personal letters, reminiscences and previously unpublished manuscripts were all drawn upon to illustrate the many aspects of naval and marine engineering. Numerous illustrative figures are included throughout. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of engineering.
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