Author Results for N. A. M. Rodger

Book Review: ‘Reilen en zeilen van de admiraliteit van Rotterdam in de jaren 1630–1640’ by J. R. Bruijn

By N. A. M. Rodger

It is now more than 50 years ago that the young Leiden scholar Jaap Bruijn published his doctoral thesis on the Admiralty of Amsterdam ‘in the peaceful years’ (De Admiraliteit van Amsterdam in rustige jaren, 1713–1751). At a time when naval history was usually written by retired naval officers recounting their professional triumphs, Bruijn chose […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Law and Language of Private Naval Warfare

By N. A. M. Rodger

Piracy and privateering figure very extensively in history, and in current affairs, but much of the discussion is undermined by the common failure to define the terms and understand the legal distinctions between them. Moreover it is essential to consider with care the translation of languages and legal systems. The paper attempts to clarify the […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Image and Reality in Eighteenth-Century Naval Tactics

By N. A. M. Rodger

The history of naval tactics inspects communications, control and leadership; particularly in battle.  Planned manoeuvres and the reality often differed. The admiral’s style of command, from autocratic to trusting, was often decisive. Signals were ambiguous, if received. Ships manoeuvred idiosyncratically; rarely in concert. Collision, confusion and a disorganised line of battle might result. Improved signals […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Baltic | North Sea | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Indian Ocean | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The First Light Cruisers

By N. A. M. Rodger

The rapid naval technological development of the late nineteenth century presented navies with numerous challenges. For the Royal Navy this included protecting the Nation’s global trade, although the need for fast unarmoured cruisers was recognised. Their design and usage was a problem, with political interference and Admiralty confused thinking leading to numerous designs and dead-ends. […] Read More

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

British Belted Cruisers

By N. A. M. Rodger

N.A.M. Rodger believes belted cruisers have not had the attention they deserve – “This is a pity, because they were not only interesting designs in themselves, but illustrate a number of significant developments in strategic thought, naval administration, and public opinion on naval matters” – and in this article explains his reasoning behind his intriguing […] Read More

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

The Dark Ages of the Admiralty, 1869-85 Part III Peace, Retrenchment & Reform, 1880-85

By N. A. M. Rodger

This is the last of a series of articles considering what are often termed the ‘dark ages’ of the British admiralty in the nineteenth century, in which, prior to the ‘Truth about the Navy’ agitation, politicians paid little heed to the service. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration

The Dark Ages of the Admiralty 1869-85: Part II, Changes and Decay, 1874-80

By N. A. M. Rodger

During the 1870s, the Royal Navy’s unchallenged superiority led, ironically, to complacency and neglect on the part of the Government and the senior Navy leadership. While both paid lip service to the importance of a strong Navy, there was little concern about providing appropriate financial support for this requirement, formulating realistic strategy and war plans, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy