Author Results for Isaac Land

Book Review – ‘People, Place, and Power on the Nineteenth-Century Waterfront: Sailortown’ by Isaac Land

By Isaac Land

This book is the first serious effort to synthesize the disparate studies on this topic and relate it to larger interpretive frameworks. Readers will find rich, vivid accounts here of the costs and benefits of desertion, of boarding houses reputable and otherwise, and of efforts to investigate and reform the waterfront. Although Graeme J. Milne […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘In Nelson’s Wake: The navy and the Napoleonic Wars’ by J. Davey

By Isaac Land

This well-written volume offers a comprehensive narrative history of the years following Trafalgar, arguing that naval blockade ‘a tedious and challenging task that required enormous patience and determination’ (p. 68) was the key to victory. To sustain a blockade on this scale required bureaucratic brilliance and logistical innovations enabling ships ‘to remain on blockade for […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Hornblower’s Historical Shipmates: The young gentlemen of Pellew’s Indefatigable’ by H. Noel-Smith and L. M. Campbell

By Isaac Land

This is a group biography of the ‘seventeen young gentlemen mustered on the Indefatigable’s books in 1797’ (p. 2) that discusses their origins, explores their relationships with Edward Pellew and each other, and reveals much about their later trajectories in life, through detective work in a wide range of archives. The genre of group biography […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Youth, Heroism and War Propaganda: Britain and the young maritime hero, 1745–1820’ by D. A. B. Ronald

By Isaac Land

This book examines the life, times, and broader context of the Naval Chronicle, a periodical founded by the naval chaplain James Stanier Clarke in 1799. The Chronicle would ‘enable the public to form a more correct and enlarged idea of the profession’ (p. 91), rebut misinformation circulating about the navy in the newspapers (p. 94), […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Trading in War: London’s maritime world in the age of Cook and Nelson’ by M. Lincoln

By Isaac Land

Trading in War examines the social and cultural history of the maritime districts of London, on both the north and south banks of the Thames, from the Seven Years War era through the Napoleonic Wars. It is aimed at a general readership, rather than a specialized academic audience, integrating and abridging what we know from […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | James Cook | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Logistics