Book review:-‘Anson: Royal Navy commander and statesman, 1697–1762’ by A. Bruce

By Andrew Lambert, published May 2024


George Anson, though best known for his circumnavigation in the early 1740s, earned a peerage after winning a major battle, imbuing the Royal Navy with a highly aggressive operation culture. Anson went on to overhaul the ships and men of the fleet and directed the grand strategy of a global conflict. He was unusual in holding the offices of First Sea Lord and later First Lord of the Admiralty, a Cabinet position, a distinction later emulated by his relative John Jervis, Earl St Vincent. While he entered the navy on the basis of family influence, George Anson had an educated and enquiring mind. Anson’s mathematical and astronomical interests, which he shared with his cousin George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield, may explain his selection to lead the circumnavigation, and his support for scientific improvements in navigation, gunnery, and copper sheathing…

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration | Strategy & Diplomacy

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