Author Results for Andrew Lambert

Book Review-‘The Company Fortress: Military engineering and the Dutch East India Company in South Asia, 1638–1795, by E. Odegard

By Andrew Lambert

Dutch rule in Asia in the era of the Dutch East India Company (VoC) was sustained by fortified ports and strategic locations, supported with small armies moved by sea to enhance the defences. The failure of any one element in this strategy would bring down the rest. The VoC was a major economic and political […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Eighty Years War: From revolt to regular war, 1568–1648’ by P. Groen (lead ed.), O. van Nimwegen, R. Prud’homme van Reine, L. Sicking and A. van Vliet

By Andrew Lambert

This outstanding contribution integrates scholarship across many fields to address an obvious question: how did the Dutch rebels create the most dynamic state in western Europe while waging a war of independence against the Spanish empire, the military colossus of the age, and what role did war play in that process? It launches a six-volume […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘ Sovereign of the Seas 1637: A reconstruction of the most powerful warship of its day’ by J. McKay

By Andrew Lambert

This elegant book anatomizes a famous ship, combining original scholarship and expert draughting to provide unprecedented access to the structure, art and power of a Stuart icon that established a new standard type. King Charles I ordered the Sovereign of the Seas in 1634 to transcend existing prestige warships, including those of his uncle, King […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Two Battles of Copenhagen 1801 and 1807 :Britain and Denmark in the Napoleonic Wars’ by G. Glover

By Andrew Lambert

The British attacks on Copenhagen have often been confused, or conflated. In reality, they occurred in two separate conflicts, were conducted in strikingly different ways, and had very different outcomes. Gareth Glover sets the battles in context, using a wide range of British and Danish secondary sources, and some British archival material. Key texts by […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘Planning and Profits: British naval armaments manufacture and the military–industrialcomplex, 1918–1941’ by C. W. Miller

By Andrew Lambert

The evolution of British warship building infrastructure between the two World Wars has long been a significant historiographical issue, attracting attention in Churchill’s war memoirs, official histories, academic monographs, broader surveys of British strategic capacity, industrial performance, and specific aspects of warship construction. Christopher Miller’s contribution, developed from a PhD written in the Glasgow University […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Weapons

Book Review – ‘French Battleships of World War One’ by Andrew Lambert

By Andrew Lambert

This book is the prequel to John Jordan’s French Battleships 1922–1956 of 2009, written with Robert Dumas. Anyone who has read that superb book will know what to expect. This time Philippe Caresse shares the writing credits. The opening section examines French naval policy and capital ship procurement after the fall of the Second Empire in 1870, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1 | English Channel | Interwar | WW2 | Mediterranean | Nineteenth Century | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Boundaries and Beyond: China’s maritime southeast in late imperial times’ by N. Chin-keong

By Andrew Lambert

The maritime history of China has become a contested space, where official Chinese propaganda and sensational Western texts compete to rewrite reality. The antidote to such trifles can be found in this nuanced, sophisticated collection of scholarly essays, stretching across a long and distinguished career, re-examining Imperial China’s relationship with the sea and seaborne trade. […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Admirals of the Fleet and Admirals: Volume 1 ofa biographical dictionary of the twentieth century Royal Navy’ by Alastair Wilso

By Andrew Lambert

In this essential work of reference Alistair Wilson has provided students of the twentieth-century Royal Navy with a systematic and thorough guide to the careers of 336 full admirals and admirals of the fleet of the twentieth century. This is the first instalment of a five-volume work projected to stretch down to lieutenant commanders and […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review – ‘The Conquest of the Ocean: The illustrated history of seafaring’ by Brian Lavery

By Andrew Lambert

Mass-market maritime history can be something akin to a minefield, ranging between lightly written overviews lacking depth or insight and worthy tomes of reference that defy the reader to enjoy the journey. Brian Lavery’s latest book navigates elegantly between these twin hazards, using 67 distinct episodes, from Polynesian navigators and the Viking discovery of Newfoundland […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘The Social History of English Seamen 1485–1649’ by Cheryl Fury (ed.)

By Andrew Lambert

This important themed collection of ten chapters marks both the end of a pioneering era of research into the English seaman of Tudor and early Stuart era, and the baseline for the next phase of study. While each chapter has a single author they are not identified on the contents page, revealing something of the […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Writing the Battle: Jutland in Sir Julian Corbett’s Naval Operations

By Andrew Lambert

This article examines the origins, development and purpose of Sir Julian Corbett’s account of the controversial battle of Jutland. Naval Operations is seen as an extended analysis of how British strategy was intended to work and why it had failed on this occasion. The argument was carefully constructed to explain the failure without challenging the […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Navies

Captain Sir William Symonds and the Ship of the Line: 1832–1847

By Andrew Lambert

Symonds built a series of smaller warships with exceptional sailing qualities, highly appreciated by yachtsmen whose patronage ensured his appointment as Surveyor of the Navy in 1832, a time of administrative upheaval at the Admiralty; consequently he enjoyed greater freedom and influence than his predecessors. When other navies were making design changes to accommodate larger […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons