Changing the Agenda: the New Naval History of the British Sailing Navy
Naval history has moved from the study of great men and their strategies and campaigns to the study of the capacity of naval power in the round. Important records came close to being disposed of and no longer available, but were saved by fortuitous interventions. Research into original records, assisted by guides to the use of such material, have impacted on assessments of naval strength and weakness in terms of politics, economics, administration, materiel and manpower, state credit and technological development as well as taking account of non-institutional elements such as prize-money and privateering. There has been a wealth of recent British historiography in these fields. Naval history now has a role as part of the wider mainstream of history. The future will at least in part be an interdisciplinary one.