Archive Results For: Other (Twentieth C)

Book Review-‘Learning War: The evolution of fighting doctrine in the US Navy, 1898–1945’ by T. Hone

By Derek G. Law

Trent Hone is an established author with several published works on the development of the modern US Navy (USN). This new book brings fresh and original lateral thinking on how the USN faced the challenges of learning how to fight, particularly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The traditional view of how the USN […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Greenwich and its Lost Hospitals: Havens of maritime welfare’ by G. C. Cook

By Brian Vale

Professor Cook is a distinguished physician with international experience. Since 2002, he has served as honorary archivist to the Seamen’s Hospital Society (SHS), and it is in this appointment that the genesis of this book lies. The SHS was a charitable institution founded in 1821 to provide medical services to seamen. It operated from three […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration

Book Review-‘Before the Battlecruiser: The big cruiser in the world’s navies 1865–1910’ by A. Dodson

By Innes McCartney

In a book which could at first sight be considered a detailed history of the armoured cruiser, it says much of the comprehensive nature of the author’s research that this type of warship is not mentioned in the title. In fact to have done so would have been inaccurate, because the book examines a broader […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

Book Review-‘The Royal Navy, China Station: 1861–1941’ by J. Parkinson

By Howard J. Fuller

Subtitled ‘A History as seen through the careers of the Commanders in Chief’, this important new work notes that it was not until April 1864 that China was noted for the first time as a separate station from its prior connection to East India. By then Britain had fought and won its two ‘Opium’ wars […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘From Cabin ‘Boys’ to Captains: 250 years of women at sea by’ J. Stanley

By Katherine Parker

With the integration of women in the active-duty Royal Navy in the early 1990s, it seemed the UK had finally gained gender equity in the maritime workplace. Not so, concludes Jo Stanley in From Cabin ‘Boys’ to Captains: 250 Years of Women at Sea. Stanley finds that progress for women in the merchant navy and […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘The Headscarf Revolutionaries: Lillian Bilocca and the Hull triple-trawler disaster’ by Brian W. Lavery

By Frank Scott

Perhaps the first thing that needs to be made clear is that Brian W. Lavery is a former journalist who has made Hull his adopted city, and he should not be confused with the well-known maritime historian Brian Lavery. The ‘Hull Triple-Trawler Tragedy’ was the loss of three Hull based deep-water trawlers, the Kingston Peridot, […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Viermastbark Kruzenshtern ex Padua: Eine deutsch-russische Dokumentation zur Technik- und Sozialgeschichte des Frachtseglers und Schulschiffs’ by T. Böttcher and C. HieberREview-‘

By Frank Scott

The four-masted barque Padua, launched in 1926, was not only the last of the Laeisz ‘Flying P-Liners’, she was the last cargo-carrying square rigger to be built anywhere. Padua was the epitome of ‘the industrial sailing ship’, which is why her photograph, in her present incarnation as the sail training ship Kruzenshtern, was chosen to […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Georges Baudoux’s Jean M’Baraï : The Trepang fisherman’ translated by K. Speedy

By Clifford J. Pereira

Karin Speedy has built on her previous academic works and experience in translating to bring Francophone Pacific literature to an English-speaking audience. In the introduction, Speedy makes the point that the Pacific had its own lingua franca prior to the arrival of Europeans, and suggests that the engagement of Malayo-Polynesian speakers by the so-called early […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Whale Factory Ships and Modern Whaling 1881–2016’ by I. Hart

By Arthur G. Credland

The author of this book has already written two important works on the Antarctic whale fisheries and this volume provides an overview of factory whaling, both north and south. A lengthy historical introduction gives us details of the Norwegian pioneers of modern whaling, individuals such as Svend Foyn and C. A. Larsen. Starting with makeshift […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Strategy and the Sea: Essays in honour of John B. Hattendorf’ edited by N. A. M. Rodger, J. Ross Dancy, B. Darnell, and E. Wilson

By Benjamin Arnstrong

The state of the field of naval and maritime history, allegedly a precarious thing, is a common topic when any group of sea-minded historians gather for a coffee or a grog. In his plenary address as the Class of 1957 Chair in Naval Heritage at the 2015 McMullen Naval History Symposium, Dr David Rosenberg laid […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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