The Challenges and Rewards of Maritime History

January 2021

Dr Sam Willis speaks to Professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto, one of the world’s leading authorities on global history. A British historian with Spanish roots who writes on world history, Fernández-Armesto offers a unique and comparative perspective on the importance of the sea in national histories. They discuss the challenges and rewards of studying maritime history from an international perspective. How is the sea remembered in national memory? How important is the sea to national identities of Spain and the UK? How valuable is maritime history as a tool for investigating encounters between different cultures and race relations? What are the current problems in maritime history – is it too dominated by narratives of western seafarers? You may never think about maritime history the same way ever again….