Prelude to Power: the Crisis of 1649 and the Foundation of English Naval Power

By James S. Wheeler, published May 1995


Examines the transformation of England’s naval administrative and fiscal system from 1649 to 1651 and the impact of this transformation on the operational success of the navy during the English Commonwealth’s greatest crisis when Prince Rupert attempted to use Ireland as a springboard for the reconquest of England. Because the English state made the fiscal, military, and administrative transition of the military revolution in the 1640s and 50s, she was able to become a world power.

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Filed under: English Civil War
Subjects include: Administration

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