Archive Results For: Napoleonic War

Book Review-‘Science, Utility and British Naval Technology 1793-1815: Samuel Bentham and the royal dockyards’ by R. Morriss,

By Andrew Lambert

This essential book follows Roger Morriss’s Science, Utility and Maritime Power: Samuel Bentham in Russia, 1779–1791 of 2015, also reviewed in this journal, and his pioneering study The Royal Dockyards during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars of 1983. It should be read in the context of major work on the physical development of the dockyards […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Harbours & Dockyards

The Monster from Elba: Napoleon’s escape reconsidered

By Evan Wilson

This article argues that historians have overlooked and underplayed a major British strategic error, namely that Napoleon’s escape from Elba in February 1815 was a preventable calamity that put the hard-won victory of the sixth coalition at risk. It had the potential to change the course of history because the allied victory at Waterloo was […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Two Battles of Copenhagen 1801 and 1807 :Britain and Denmark in the Napoleonic Wars’ by G. Glover

By Andrew Lambert

The British attacks on Copenhagen have often been confused, or conflated. In reality, they occurred in two separate conflicts, were conducted in strikingly different ways, and had very different outcomes. Gareth Glover sets the battles in context, using a wide range of British and Danish secondary sources, and some British archival material. Key texts by […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘‘That Hamilton Woman’: Emma and Nelson’ by B. Gough

By Thomas Malcomson

That Hamilton Woman’: Emma and Nelson by Barry Gough is an extended essay on the famous romantic relationship between Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson. Gough places the relationship in the context of women in the lives of sailors and the potentially important roles they played in officers’ careers. The book also provides the full text […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘In Nelson’s Wake: The navy and the Napoleonic Wars’ by J. Davey

By Isaac Land

This well-written volume offers a comprehensive narrative history of the years following Trafalgar, arguing that naval blockade ‘a tedious and challenging task that required enormous patience and determination’ (p. 68) was the key to victory. To sustain a blockade on this scale required bureaucratic brilliance and logistical innovations enabling ships ‘to remain on blockade for […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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-‘Order and Disorder in the British Navy, 1793–1815: Control, resistance, flogging and hanging’ by T. Malcomson

By Richard Wilson

Despite the title, this book concentrates almost entirely on the War of 1812 as it took place on the American Atlantic seaboard, the Great Lakes, and the Caribbean. The 1797 mutinies at Spithead and the Nore spurred the Admiralty into enforcement of centralized and bureaucratic controls over the commanders of naval fleets and stations, some […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Prisoners of War at Dartmoor: American and French soldiers and sailors in an English prison during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812’ by T. James

By Janet Macdonald

Although not written with naval historians in mind, this book on the early days and inmates of Dartmoor Prison holds much of interest for them, relating both to the Napoleonic War and the War of 1812. The author was born near the prison and spent the last ten years of his working life there, producing […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Administration

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

By Jeremy Black

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 […] Read More

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

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