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Man lives on land, but the seas of the world are crucial to his lot. Focusing on navies as instruments of power and analysing what they indicate about the nature of state systems and cultures all over the world, Black provides an overview of the most significant debates within the field. Organised into key historical periods and accessibly framed, this wide-ranging account emphasises the links between past and present throughout the history of naval power.
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JEREMY BLACK is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, UK. He is an authority on early modern British and continental European history, with special interest in international relations, military history, the press, and historical atlases. A prolific historian, he is the author of over sixty books in addition to over a dozen edited volumes. Among his most recently published books are The English Seaborne Empire (Yale University Press, 2004); Rethinking Military History (Routledge, 2004); The Hanoverians: The History of the Dynasty (Hambledon& London, 2004); Using History (Hodder Arnold, 2005); and George III: America's Last King (Yale University Press, 2006).Review:
'Jeremy Black's Naval Power emphasises the important role that control of the sea has played globally in shaping the history of nations, individually and collectively, over the last five centuries.' -- Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB, Formerly First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Royal Navy
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