Anglo-French Naval Rivalry, 1840-1870

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C.I. Hamilton traces the technological development of the British and French navies and analyzes the political and diplomatic policies which formed the backdrop to the naval history of the period 1840-1870. Hamilton compares the two navies in a variety of important ways: their recruitment and training systems, dockyard facilities, naval administrations, and strategy and tactics. This book makes a noteworthy contribution both to naval history and to our knowledge of Anglo-French relations in the nineteenth ...
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C.I. Hamilton traces the technological development of the British and French navies and analyzes the political and diplomatic policies which formed the backdrop to the naval history of the period 1840-1870. Hamilton compares the two navies in a variety of important ways: their recruitment and training systems, dockyard facilities, naval administrations, and strategy and tactics. This book makes a noteworthy contribution both to naval history and to our knowledge of Anglo-French relations in the nineteenth century.
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"Hamilton's greatest contribution is his discussion of the development of the often ignored French Navy during this period."--Choice

"It is a sophisticated work of comparative administrative, social and technological history, with an easy grasp of the diplomatic and political history which is inextricable from its subject. Hamilton is a graceful guide. ...a subtle, suggestive and remarkably wide-ranging book."--Victorian Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198202615
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/11/1993
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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University of the Witwatersrand
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Table of Contents

Glossary and Usage
1 Introduction 1
2 Anglo-French Diplomacy and the Transition from Sail to Screw 15
3 Anglo-French Diplomacy and the Transition from the Screw-Liner to the Ironclad, 1854 Onwards 64
4 The Militarization of Naval Warfare in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Tactics and Strategy 106
5 The Personnel 144
6 Dockyards and Naval Architects 200
7 The Admiralty and the Ministry of Marine 231
8 The Nature of the Rivalry and its Conclusion 272
Appendix of Tables 319
Select Bibliography 331
Index 345
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