Archive Results For: Popular Topics

Book Review- ‘Small Boats and Daring Men: Maritime raiding, irregular warfare, and the early American navy (campaigns and commanders)’ by B. Armstrong

By Michael Hardman

This textbook covers the much neglected area of irregular warfare in the United States Navy from the early colonial times to the end of the age of sail. The author from the outset rejects the encyclopaedic approach or any attempt to completely cover in detail all the developments in this period and instead adopts a […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review- ‘Een zee van traan: vier eeuwen Nederlandse walvisvaart 1612–1964 by J. R. Bruijn and L. Hacquebord

By Dreijer, Gijs

aap Bruijn and Louwrens Hacquebord, two emeritus professors in history and geography, have co-operated to write this general overview of whaling and the whale trade in the Netherlands between 1612 and 1964. Since most works on the subject have focused on specific periods in history, such a general overview is both necessary and long overdue. […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review -‘Pirates: A new history, from Vikings to Somali raiders’ by P. Lehr

By Powell, Nush

Peter Lehr has put together an unusually inclusive account of pirates past and present, a useful volume that acquaints the reader with the basic elements of piracy across the globe and historical eras, from buccaneers to Barbary to Balangingi. We find time to learn of monks (yes, plural) who became pirates, and of the differences […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review – ‘Lords of the Sea: A history of the Barbary Corsairs’ by Alan G. Jamieson

By H. J. K. Jenkins

Jamieson subtitles his introduction ‘The Barbary Legend’: that term is appropriate. The subject matter involves a period of several centuries and, in terms of narrative, the theme is both colourful and full of adventure. However, the story of the Barbary Corsairs tells of deeper matters: protracted politico-religious struggle on the grand scale, complete with a […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Pirates | Mediterranean | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review – ‘Nautical Chic’ by Melanie Vandenbrouck

By Melanie Vandenbrouck

Nautical Chic charts the sea’s complex relationship with fashion, from the birth of naval uniforms in the eighteenth century to the catwalks of the twenty-first century. In doing so, it debunks some nautical myths while throwing surprising light onto others. Dress arguably contributes to defining one’s identity and place in society, and the book’s chapters are […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Art & Music | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘ Cargomobilities: Moving materials in a global age’ by Kimberley Peters

By Kimberley Peters

Cargomobilities sheds light on the ‘forgotten’ spaces of logistics (p. 6), and the vital intersections between people, goods, and transport, in a volatile physical and political world. The book, situated within what is called the ‘new mobilities paradigm’, draws attention to the processes of power enmeshed with logistics flows. Here logistical movement is understood as more […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery’ by Eric Grove

By Eric Grove

Seaforth and Norman Friedman have together once more produced a highly significant contribution to the technical history of twentieth-century naval warfare. This book complements Friedman’s study of surface gunnery with an analysis of anti-aircraft gunnery and its related fire control systems. As usual, the study is a comprehensive account of how technology related to policy […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Naval Aviation | Navies | Weapons

Book Review – ‘The U.S. Naval Institute on Naval Command’ by Harold N. Boyer

By Harold N. Boyer

The US Department of Defense’s Dictionary of Military Commands and Associated Terms defines command as ‘the authority that a commander in the armed forces lawfully exercises over subordinates by virtue of rank or assignment’. In this anthology of articles on command and leadership, Thomas J. Cutler, Director of Publishing at the US Naval Institute and Fleet Professor […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Book Review – ‘The Mobilities of Ships’ by Steven Gray

By Steven Gray

This new edited collection, published by Routledge, is in fact a revised version of a special issue of Mobilities, an interdisciplinary journal. The journal is described as aiming to explore ‘the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public and private […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘Pirate Nation: Elizabeth I and her royal sea rovers’ by Kathrin Zickermann

By Kathrin Zickermann

In his book Pirate Nation, David Childs takes a close look at the involvement of Queen Elizabeth, her Privy Council, the High Court of Admiralty and local magistrates in English piratical activities. According to Childs, the English monarch saw acts of state-sponsored piracy – mainly directed against Spain and Portugal – as one of few options […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | English Channel | Pirates
Subjects include: Biography | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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