Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind: Naval Campaign That Shaped the Modern World, 1588-1782

Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind: Naval Campaign That Shaped the Modern World, 1588-1782

by Peter Padfield
     
 
From "the best naval historian of his generation" (John Keegan), a brilliant exploration of the significance of maritime power in shaping the western ideal of political freedom.

In the great wars of modern history maritime powers have always prevailed over land-based empires, whether Habsburg, Napoleonic, Nazi or Soviet. This extraordinary book charts the

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From "the best naval historian of his generation" (John Keegan), a brilliant exploration of the significance of maritime power in shaping the western ideal of political freedom.

In the great wars of modern history maritime powers have always prevailed over land-based empires, whether Habsburg, Napoleonic, Nazi or Soviet. This extraordinary book charts the growth of these powers in various western countries, while also revealing the way in which supremacy at sea freed thought and society itself. As noted historian Peter Padfield demonstrates, those nations attaining mastery at sea have been distinguished by liberty, flexibility and enterprise, a historical lesson of burning relevance today.

Maritime Supremacy details the struggles of the first supreme maritime powers of the modern age, the Dutch and the British, and ends with the emergence of the ultimate successor, the United States of America. Changes in society, politics, trade--including the slave trade--and in naval capability are interwoven with descriptions of the great sea battles by which world power was won. Bringing the characters vividly to life and immersing the reader in the drama of events, Padfield challenges our view of the evolution of today's world.

"A work of stunning originality...this book confirms Padfield as a historian of the highest order."--The Sunday Times (London)

Editorial Reviews

John Lehman
Mr. Padfield's outstanding book is an attempt to document that thesis and to show how maritime power has affected not only geopolitics but also governing principles. Along the way, he offers up naval campaigns and sea battles as vivid as any you will find in Patrick O'Brien. ReadMaritime Supremacy & the Opening of the Western Mindit's a great read.
Wall Street Journal
Booknews
Veteran naval and military historian Padfield contends that maritime power can explain the relative influence of nations in the modern world. He cites the rise of the British, Dutch, and later the United States and the failure of the Habsburgs, Napoleon, and the Nazi as examples. He also argues that sea power changes the nature of the societies that possess it, that they acquire liberty, flexibility, and enterprise. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585670024
Publisher:
Overlook Press, The
Publication date:
04/03/2000
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)

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