Archive Results For: Other (Eighteenth C)

Book Review-‘The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the ‘Halsewell’, East Indiaman, 1786’ by P. Browne

By Jaap R. Bruijn

One cannot pretend that East India Company commander Richard Peirce had a very interesting career. It was merely one of many. Much was and is still unknown about the man, even his year of birth and his early sea life. What made him well known to his contemporaries was his final voyage in 1786 when […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Van de Velde & Son, Marine Painters: The firm of Willem van de Velde the Elder and Willem van de Velde the Younger, 1640–1707’ by R. Daalder, translated by M. Hoyle

By Ron Brand

Britain’s most famous marine painter, William Turner, sighed at the sight of an eighteenth-century print of a painting by Willem van de Velde the Younger: ‘This made me a painter!’ For obvious reasons, this frequently cited anecdote is mentioned in the book Van de Velde & Son, Marine Painters, because both the Van de Veldes, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review-‘Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France, 1793–1815’ ed. by H. Watt with A. Hawkins

By Caitlin M. Gale

Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France, 1793–1815 is an edited compilation of 255 letters to and from seamen below the rank of commissioned officer in the British navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. They provide eyewitness accounts of the naval mutinies in 1797, the battle of Trafalgar (1805), and the incident […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘British Expeditionary Warfare and the Defeat of Napoleon, 1793–1815’ by R. K. Sutcliffe

By Janet Macdonald

This book had its origins in the author’s doctoral thesis, and as one might suppose, is extensively researched. Though this is not always the case with theses, it is also well written. Its main area of concentration is the work of the Transport Board and how this contributed to British efforts in the French Revolutionary […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics

Book Review-‘Cinnnamon and Elephants: Sri Lanka and the Netherlands from 1600’ by L. Wagenaar

By Guido vun Meersbergen

th Asia, Africa, and South America commissioned by the Rijksmuseum. Cinnamon and Elephants documents the fascinating story of the Dutch East India Company’s presence in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as its nineteenth-century aftermath. The volume is as much an accessible and up-to-date overview of the VOC’s commercial, diplomatic, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Hornblower’s Historical Shipmates: The young gentlemen of Pellew’s Indefatigable’ by H. Noel-Smith and L. M. Campbell

By Isaac Land

This is a group biography of the ‘seventeen young gentlemen mustered on the Indefatigable’s books in 1797’ (p. 2) that discusses their origins, explores their relationships with Edward Pellew and each other, and reveals much about their later trajectories in life, through detective work in a wide range of archives. The genre of group biography […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Chasing a Dream: The exploration of the Imaginary Pacific’ by J. Dunmore

By Bill Jones

John Dunmore has impeccable credentials for authorship of this volume. A prolific author of over 30 volumes, including biographies and journals of significant Pacific explorers such as Jean-Francois de La Perouse, Jean-Francois de Surville and Louis de Bougainville, and the recipient of many awards including the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to French scholarship, he […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Naval Leadership in the Atlantic World: The age of reform and revolution, 1700–1850ed.’ by R. Harding and A. Guimera

By Katherine Parker

What is naval leadership? For too long, this collection argues, the answer has been implicit for naval historians, a maritime equivalent of ‘we know it when we see it.’ Implicit assumption, however, denies the economic, social, cultural and political factors which all affect how a society defines leadership at any one point in time. In […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The European Canton Trade 1723: Competition and cooperation’ ed. by M. Kessler, K. Lee and D. Menning

By Derek Massarella

This collection of source material on European trade in Canton in 1723 originated as a teaching project at the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen. It was conceived as a way of encouraging students to read and engage with primary sources, and, more ambitiously, it is intended ‘to contribute to a larger scholarship on the early […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics

Book Review-‘The Political Economy of Indigo in India, 1580–1930: A global perspective’ by G. A. Nadri

By Markus Vink

Ghulam Nadri, an Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University specializing in early modern Gujarat and India, traces the convoluted ‘long-durée moment’ [sic] (p. 121) of natural indigo in India as a global commercial dye. Informed by the global commodity chains conceptual framework, this book looks at this particular trade from its inception in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics

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