Raising the Profile of Naval History: an International Perspective on Early Modern Navies

By Alan James, published February 2011

Abstract

The organization of violence at sea led to the emergence of national navies in early modern times. Acknowledging the debt owed in this field to Jan Glebe and his magisterial 1993 work Navies, and Nations: Warships, navies and state-building in Europe and America, 1500-1860, the author questions whether theories of military advance by technical revolutions withstand the increasingly detailed study of individual national navies and their development with the nation-states that supported them, judged where appropriate by contemporary standards. Particular reference is made to the France of Louis XIV.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Navies | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

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