Author Results for W. Mark Hamilton

Book Review – ‘The First Atlantic Liner: Brunel’s Great Western steamship’ by W. Mark Hamilton

By W. Mark Hamilton

Helen Doe has written a marvellous new book on the early years of transatlantic passenger traffic, with special reference to the Great Western steamship. Her examination is from the perspective of the cultural and social historian and not the technical maritime specialist, but the reader is informed of the numerous technical challenges of early steamship travel. The Great […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Book Review – ‘Churchill and the Dardanelles’ by W. Mark Hamilton

By W. Mark Hamilton

First Lord of the Admiralty (1911–15) Winston Churchill was a key player in the Dardanelles campaign, and Canadian historian Christopher Bell is determined to distinguish the myth from the reality. In Bell’s book Churchill emerges as a figure deserving much sympathy, but also a somewhat flawed personality who was responsible for numerous costly mistakes. Bell’s […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Mediterranean | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘‘Nemesis’: The first iron warship and her world’ byA. G. Marshall

By W. Mark Hamilton

Adrian Marshall’s ‘Nemesis’ makes a significant contribution not only to a history of this unique ship, but to the history of the nineteenth-century Asian world in which she sailed. Nemesis was the first of a generation of steam-powered ironclad vessels with watertight compartments. It was also the first iron vessel to round the Cape of […] Read More

Filed under: Opium Wars | East India Company
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review – ‘Gallipoli’ by W. Mark Hamilton

By W. Mark Hamilton

Jenny Macleod, the co-founder of the International Society for First World War Studies, has written an interesting and novel new book on an old topic, Gallipoli. This slim volume is part of Sir Hew Strachan’s Great Battles Series and came out at the centenary of Gallipoli (1915). The 200-plus pages of Gallipoli are evenly divided with […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review-‘Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the struggle for the North Sea’ by J. Rüger

By W. Mark Hamilton

Author Jan Rüger has written a masterful history of a ‘rock’ in the North Sea, and in the process provided his readers with a fascinating account of Anglo-German relations. The ‘rock’ in question is the island of Heligoland, and in the author’s words it’s ‘an apt location from where to rethink the Anglo-German past’. Heligoland […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | North Sea | WW2 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

The ‘New Navalism’ and the British Navy League, 1895-1914

By W. Mark Hamilton

At the end of the 19th. Century a concern felt in certain circles was that the Admiralty and the Navy existed in a post-Trafalgar euphoric stupor, seemingly unaware that other navies, although unable to match the Royal Navy numerically, were busy building capital warships. In this article W. Mark Hamilton traces the response to these […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies