Book Review-‘The British Navy in the Baltic ‘by J. D. Grainger

By Samuel McLean, published October 2020


The British Navy in the Baltic is the latest from John Grainger, author of such books as the

Dictionary of Naval Battles and The First Pacific War: Britain and Russia, 18541856, also from Boydell and Brewer. The book was written with the support of the Swedish Society for Maritime History, and is part of their Forum Navale series. It is a straightforward chronology of English, and then British, maritime forces in the Baltic. Beginning with a short discussion of Norse and Anglo-Saxon maritime adventures, the first substantial section discusses the Hansa and the medieval period. The chapters are organized episodically, and each discusses a specific campaign, such as chapter 4, ‘The Two Expeditions of Sir John Norris, 1715−1716’, or consistent engagement, like chapter 6, ‘Armed Neutralities 1722−1791’. Grainger presents a remarkably balanced chronology in terms of focus, providing a roughly equivalent level of detail for each episode. A very short conclusion presents a concise analysis of the presence, size, and role of English or British maritime forces in the Baltic over the entire period…

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