By Andrew D. Lambert

ISBN-10: 057123156X

ISBN-13: 9780571231560

From the guy defined via Amanda Foreman as 'one of the main eminent naval historians of our age' comes the tale of ways this country's maritime strength helped Britain achieve extraordinary dominance of the world's economic climate. informed in the course of the lives of ten of our such a lot amazing admirals, Andrew Lambert's ebook spans Elizabethan occasions to the second one international conflict, culminating with the spirit which led Andrew Browne Cunningham famously to claim, while the military feared he may lose too many ships, 'it takes 3 years to construct a boat; it takes 3 centuries to construct a tradition'.

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Without control of the narrow seas and the Flemish shallows the Spanish forces could not combine. Nor, given the communications technology of the age, could the naval and military commanders act in harmony. The key, as Howard knew, was the presence in the Armada of galleys and galleasses. 14 However, such problems were put to one side while Philip grappled with the greatest administrative task his kingdom had yet essayed. To assemble 141 ships, 7,600 sailors and 20,500 troops, Philip stripped his empire of ships, guns, food and manpower.

This astonishing run of success was based on one critical advantage: naval power. The admirals who shaped and secured the unique instrument of British global pre-eminence possessed rare talents, consistently turning ships, seamen and money into a war-winning tool of state power, unrivalled in efficiency, economy and energy. Over the centuries the art of the admiral developed to meet new challenges and fresh foes – but it never failed. This book concerns eleven men whose careers created, refined and reconfigured the role of the admiral.

The demands of trade and security ensured that the English state would acquire a maritime character, and Britain remains the most ‘maritime’ of the major economies, undertaking more trade by sea than any other G8 nation. The admirals in this book opened the world to British trade, and they kept it open against all comers; and while the political empire has receded into history, Britain remains a global trading nation. The Royal Navy may no longer be the world’s largest, but it remains second to none in quality, and above all in its people.

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