Archive Results For: Early Modern

Book Review- ‘The European Seaborne Empires: From the Thirty Year’s War to the Age of Revolutions’ by G. Pacquett

By Lambert, Andrew

While the title is a deliberate homage to well- known works by Charles Boxer and John Parry on the Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish seaborne empires from the late 1960s, Gabriel Pacquette has reworked the concept to address concerns that have emerged over the past 50 years, not least slavery, forced migration, the role of the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Swedish Naval Administration 1521–1721: Resource Flows and Organisational Capabilities’ by Jan Glete

By Martin Bellamy

With Jan Glete’s passing, maritime history lost one of its great original thinkers. This is his last book in which he presents the results of a lifetime’s study of the Swedish navy. Readers of his previous books, notably Navies and Nations (1993), Warfare at Sea (2000) and War and the State in Early Modern Europe (2002) will be […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern
Subjects include: Administration

Book Review – ‘Nicolaes Witsen and Shipbuilding in the Dutch Golden Age’ by A. J. Hoving

By Fred Hocker

Among the major works published on shipbuilding before 1800, Nicolaes Witsen’s Aeloude en Hedendaegsche Scheeps-bouw en Bestier (The construction and management of ancient and modern ships) is nearly unique. Unlike more or less all of the others, it does not presume any prior knowledge of shipbuilding or design and so provides a detailed description of the […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘Invading America: The English Assault on the New World 1497–1630’ by David Childs

By Peter C. Mancall

Once upon a time, historians who wrote about the arrival of the English in North America depicted a dramatic and positive moment for the Anglophone world. They described hardy souls clambering on to transAtlantic vessels, individuals who struggled against long odds but managed to persevere. Their diligence paid enormous dividends: these folks established colonies that […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Early Modern
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Science & Exploration

Book Review – ‘The Channel Islands 1370–1640: Between England and Normandy’ by Tim Thornton

By Wendy R. Childs

As Professor Thornton makes clear in his introduction, this is not a maritime history of the Channel Islands. It is essentially a study of the administrative and religious relationship of the Islands with the Crown of England and of their links with Normandy, which continued into the early modern period. There is only occasional reference […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Early Modern
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Inside the Illicit Economy: Reconstructing the smugglers’ trade of sixteenth century Bristol’ by Evan T. Jones

By Claire Jowitt

As a literary critic and cultural historian, rather than an economic historian, and as a reader that likes to be told stories, especially ripping good yarns, I approached reviewing Evan Jones’ detailed account of the ‘business’ of smuggling in sixteenth-century Bristol with some trepidation. Inside the Illicit Economy is not a ‘romantic’ account of smuggling, but […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | Early Modern | Irish Sea | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe’ by Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt(eds)

By Eva Johanna Holmberg

It can sometimes be a daunting task to review books written and edited by friends. In the case of the article collection, Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, published in the Hakluyt Society Extra Series by Ashgate, I feel that I am, however, a suitable personforthis task. It is based on papers presented […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Dutch Sources on South Asia c. 1660–1825, vol. 4, Mission to Madurai: Dutch embassies to the Nayaka court of Madurai in the seventeenth century’ by Markus Vink

By Anjana Singh

The volume reviewed is part of a series on Dutch sources on South Asia which originally began in 2001 as a bibliography and guide to all Dutchlanguage materials on the subject that are available in the National Archives at The Hague. The series editors and contributors hold the noble aim of making it possible for […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Indian Ocean | Pacific | East India Company
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘The Navy of Edward VI and Mary I’ by C. S. Knighton and David Loades (eds)

By Tim Runyan

This volume continues the rich tradition of the Navy Records Society in making available printed primary source material on significant topics. Editors Knighton and Loades have brought together an exemplary body of material that reveals the inner working of the navies of Edward VI and Mary I. Of particular note is the inclusion in this […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Early Modern
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review – ‘Ships on Maps: Pictures of power in Renaissance Europe’ by Richard W. Unger

By Zsolt G. Török

Before the sixteenth century, images of ships rarely appeared on maps, while the charts and maps from the European Renaissance to the Enlightenment were frequently and prominently decorated by sea vessels. This is a simple statement based on practical experience, which can be agreed by not only map historians but anyone familiar with the cartography […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern
Subjects include: Art & Music | Miscellaneous

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