Book Review-‘A History of the Royal Navy: The Napoleonic wars’ by Martin Robson

By Jeremy Black, published November 2020


Martin Robson has written a good guide to a crucial period in British naval history. However, these are scarcely uncharted waters and it is difficult to strike an original note. Moreover Robson has not been well served by the publisher. The book, part of a series, is unattractive with pages that are too small and some of the illustrations poorly reproduced, although the maps and battle plans largely work. On the positive side, Robson’s expertise in economic warfare offers a valuable dimension while there is the welcome inclusion of the War of 1812 and, as an overly short, but instructive, postscript, Exmouth’s attack on Algiers in 1816…

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Filed under: Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

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