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  • Published: 26 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141983837
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448
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The Rise And Fall of British Naval Mastery




The landmark book which began the revival of naval history, now with a new introduction by the author

Paul Kennedy's now classic 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.

  • Published: 26 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141983837
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448
Categories:

About the author

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy is a national television presenter for ABC News Breakfast. He has worked for three television networks and has written three books, including co-authoring Hell on the Way to Heaven (with Chrissie Foster), one of the triggers for Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

He lives on the eastern shore of Port Phillip with his wife, Kim, and their three sons, Jack, Gus and Leo.

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Praise for The Rise And Fall of British Naval Mastery

The Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery is the best single-volume study of Britain and her naval past now available to us.

Jon Sumida, Journal of Modern History

As soon as it appeared in 1976, Paul M. Kennedy's magisterial survey of the historical role and significance of British seapower was recognized by serious naval historians as a work of first importance ... This is by far the most important survey of British Naval history since Sir Herbert Richmond's Statesmen and Sea Power (1946), and in some ways it is more important ... the whole book displays an immense historiographical grasp of a calibre that broad surveys seldom attain. The author's unfailing powers of discernment are further revealed by a sparkling and apt quotation on practically every page.

Daniel A. Baugh, International History Review

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