Britannias Realm: In Support of the State: 1763-1815 (A History of the British Merchant Navy Book 2)
Britannias Realm: In Support of the State: 1763-1815 (A History of the British Merchant Navy Book 2) by Richard Woodman
English | Mar. 31, 2016 | ASIN: B01DPIDKX2 | 413 Pages | AZW3/MOBI/EPUB/PDF (conv) | 8.46 MB
The end of the seven years war marked the beginning of a new era for Britains merchant marine.
The suddenly increased access to those resources most crucial to shipping - none more so than the seaworthy timber of Canada - created a boom in late eighteenth-century trade.
New markets opened in the Americas, in India and in China.
But it was not long before British maritime dominance would undergo its greatest challenges.
The American War of Independence created a new enemy who had unprecedented knowledge of British trade routes.
The newly independent United States alliances with the traditional European powers of France and Spain would promote maritime competition during peace and privateering during war across the globe.
Continuing his series on the history of Britains merchant marine, Richard Woodman provides this insightful volume on the period from 1763 to 1815, embracing in its pages a study of trade, war, and privateering.
Woodmans pivotal work takes a global approach, considering the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific oceans and considering how these diverse trades interacted with each other.
Through impeccable research and detailed study, he has provided a comprehensive work of naval history told in a lively and entertaining narrative.
In this volume, Woodman also uncovers the history of the privateers who both thwarted and aided the more well-known actions of the royal navy.
In Britannias Realm, he has demonstrated how it was often British state power that followed trade rather than the reverse.
Praise for Richard Woodmans History of the British Merchant Navy:
‘Richard Woodman reminds us of the importance of merchant ships and our debts to the seafarers - men and women - who manned. HRH Princess Anne
‘If Neptunes Trident sets the standard for what is to follow - we can at least rest assured that there is a series that truly does justice to our proud merchant maritime past. Nautilus UK Telegraph
‘Richard Woodman tells many a good tale in this first volume and it is fascinating to read. I highly recommend this first volume in the Neptune s Trident for anyone with an interest in the early modern period. If the rest of the series is as good as this one, they should all be on the bookshelves of those studying the history of Britain, from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Open History
Captain Richard Martin Woodman LVO is an English novelist and naval historian who retired in 1997 from a 37 year nautical career, mainly working for Trinity House, to write full-time. His main work is 14 volumes about the career of Nathaniel Drinkwater, and shorter series about James Dunbar and William Kite, but he also written a range of factual books about 18th century and WW2 history.