Archive Results For: Other (Nineteenth C)

Book Review-‘Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the struggle for the North Sea’ by J. Rüger

By W. Mark Hamilton

Author Jan Rüger has written a masterful history of a ‘rock’ in the North Sea, and in the process provided his readers with a fascinating account of Anglo-German relations. The ‘rock’ in question is the island of Heligoland, and in the author’s words it’s ‘an apt location from where to rethink the Anglo-German past’. Heligoland […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | North Sea | WW2 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Law of Nations and Britain’s Quest for Naval Security International Law and Arms Control, 1898–1914’ by S. Keefer

By Richard Dunley

Historians and practitioners have long acknowledged the importance of international law to the actions of navies and others operating in the maritime sphere. Recent works focusing on the prewar and First World War period by historians such as Isabel Hull, in A Scrap of Paper (2014), Nicholas Lambert, in 2012’s Planning Armageddon, and John Coogan […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

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 (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth 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 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

Book Review-‘Scottish Arctic Whaling’ by C. W. Sanger

By Arthur G. Credland

Sanger has published extensively on the subject of whaling and sealing and this volume shows an author in complete command of his sources. Utilizing diaries, logs and records of catches he gives us a narrative which reveals the hazards of the northern fishery, with frostbite, scurvy and death being a constant threat. With tremendous skill, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, economics, and the rise of American naval power, 1881–1921’by P. E. Pedisich

By Harold N. Boyer

Pedisich (former Admiral Stephen B. Luce Chair of Naval Strategy, US Naval War College) has written a legislative history of the US Navy from the Progressive Era of American history to just after the end of the First World War. The navy, in the period from the end of the Civil War in 1865 until […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | American Revolution | American Civil War | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Global Marine Science and Carlsberg: The golden connections of Johannes Schmidt (1877–1933)’ by B. Poulsen

By Richard Dunn

I would venture to suggest that Johannes Schmidt is not a name that even readers of this journal would immediately recall, but this new biographical account shows that as a scientist and entrepreneur who led 26 oceanic expeditions and revealed, among other things, the secrets of the eel’s breeding patterns, he deserves recognition. In recounting […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Canada’s Bastions of Empire: Halifax, Victoria and the Royal Navy 1749–1918’ by B. Elson

By David Collins

Those who follow Canadian naval historiography are likely more accustomed to the story of the slender beginnings of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1910 to the build-up during the Second World War. Less well known is the story of Canada’s two naval dockyards and fortresses, one on each coast. The Pacific coast was covered by […] Read More

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

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