To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how Britain's Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to power unprecedented in history. From its beginnings under Henry VIII and adventurers like John Hawkins and Francis Drake, the Royal Navy toppled one world eco-nomic system, built by Spain and Portugal after Christopher Columbus, and ushered in another -- the one in which we still live today.
In the sixteenth century, such men as Hawkins, Drake, and Martin Frobisher were all seekers after their own fortunes as well as servants of their nation. But at the moment of crisis in 1588, they were able to come together to thwart Philip II of Spain and his supposedly invincible Armada. In the seventeenth century, the navy became the key to victory in the English Civil War and played a leading role on the world stage in the years of the Commonwealth and Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate. The navy's dominance allowed England's trade to boom and prosper. It sustained its colonies, reshaped its politics, and drew England, Scotland, and Ireland together into a single United Kingdom.
It was this system that Napoleon had to break in order to make himself absolute master of Europe. And it was the Royal Navy, led by men like Horatio Nelson, that stopped him in his tracks and preserved the liberty of Europe and the rest of the world. That global order would survive the convulsions of the twentieth century and the downfall of the British Empire itself, as Britain passed its essential elements on to its successors, the United States and its navy.
Illuminating and engrossing, To Rule the Waves is an epic journey from the age of the Reformation to the age of computer warfare and special ops. Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea; of heroic sailors, admirals, and aviators; of violent conflict and personal tragedy; of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Arthur Herman is the author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World as well as The Idea of Decline in Western History and Joseph McCarthy. He has been a professor of history at Georgetown University, Catholic University, George Mason University, and the University of the South.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Harper, 2004. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy-of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world. Book jacket. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060534249
Book Description Harper, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060534249
Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 0060534249BNA
Book Description HarperCollins, New York, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First edition first printing. Hardcover with DJ. Condition new, very tight and clean book. DJ new., no tears or edgewear. 8vo, XIX + 648 pages. Price not clipped. No markings of any kind, no names, underlinings or highlights, no bent pages. not a reminder. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 008070
Book Description Harper. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060534249 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0060534249
Book Description HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2004. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First American Edition. By the author of "How the Scots Invented the Modern World". 648pp. Bookseller Inventory # 024766
Book Description Harper, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060534249
Book Description Harper, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060534249