Blue-Water Empire: The British in the Mediterranean Since 1800

Blue-Water Empire: The British in the Mediterranean Since 1800

by Robert Holland


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Blue-Water Empire is Robert Holland's magnificent narrative of Britain's military and cultural ties with the Mediterranean Sea, in the style of the epic naval histories of N. A. M. Rodger. Britain has been a major presence in the Mediterranean from the Battle of the Nile to the end of empire, as both a military and a colonizing force on the islands and coastlines of the sea. Robert Holland traces the fascinating story of that presence, from its legacies in culture, language, and law to the Mediterranean's own influence on Britain. Evoking the conflicts and contrasts between British and local societies caught up in dramatic events, as well as their mutual resilience under pressure, Blue-Water Empire charts with vigor, flair, and clarity the British experience in the Mediterranean in the age of empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141036106
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2013
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Holland is one of the world's leading historians of the Mediterranean and the author of Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus, 1954-59, and (with Diana Markides) The British and the Hellenes: Struggles for Mastery in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1850-1960. He holds professorial positions at the Centre for Hellenic Studies in King's College London and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the same University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations x

List of Maps xi

Introduction: The British and the Mediterranean 3

1 The Origins of an Anglo-Mediterranean Order, 1800-1814 7

2 The Formation of a 'British Lake', 1815-1841 26

3 The British Pax in the Mediterranean, 1841-1878 68

4 Messages from the Mediterranean, 1878-1914 109

5 'Indifferent Fruits in the South', 1914-1918 149

6 Between Mastery and Abandonment, 1918-1939 182

7 Britain's First Battlefield, 1939-1945 231

8 The Passing of the British Mediterranean, 1945-1979 283

Postscript: Legacies, Residues and Continuities 345

Notes 353

Index 399

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