A Britannia's Realm

A Britannia's Realm : History of the British Merchant Navy

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Britannia's Realm presents part two in Richard Woodman's groundbreaking five-volume series on the mercantile marine. Full of risk, adventure and heroic action, this volume carries the reader throughout the wars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including the difficulties of the American Rebellion and a war in which the maritime states of Europe combined against Britain, her mercantile marine maintaining trade against the odds. The long conflict with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France which followed was by no means settled after Nelson's victory at Trafalgar. A ten-year war to maintain trade ensued, the vital essence of Britain's ability to fight and win against the might of Napoleon's Empire. To achieve this objective, her Merchant Navy was of supreme importance and had to fight for its very existence. This detailed work takes into account a number of features of maritime war such as privateering, the part played by the East India Company and the French war on trade, and tells the real story of the extent of impressment and press gangs. Full of incident and colourful characters, it draws together a number of elements which elevate British merchant endeavour to their proper place in our history, constantly arguing that for the most part trade did not follow the flag, but it was usually the other way round.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 36mm | 739.35g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0752448196
  • 9780752448190
  • 552,325

About Richard Woodman

Richard Woodman is an award-winning maritime author with two dozen novels and several works of maritime history to his credit. After spending almost forty years at sea he is a regular 'Quarterpoints' correspondent for Lloyd's List, the daily shipping newspaper. Richard is a member of the Nautical Institute and Honourable Company of Master Mariners, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Elder Brother of Trinity House.show more

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"Marvelous . . . shows where Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester got all their stuff . . . more exciting to read than either." "Best Books of the Year," "Times Literary Supplement""show more

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