In this first detailed examination of the History of British sea power since Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power on History, Professor Kennedy argues that Britain's naval strength has always been bound up with her economic growth and decline. In placing emphasis upon the economic factor, in calling into question Britain's 'natural' bias towards the overseas and maritime world, and in analysing her fall as a naval, colonial and economic Great Power, Kennedy offers a fresh approach to the studyof British naval history and a challenge to traditional assumptions and historiography about the Royal Navy.
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The well-known and widely respected author of THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GREAT POWERS.Review:
"As soon as it appeared in 1976, Paul M. Kennedy's magisterial survey of the historical role and significance of British seapower was recognized by serious naval historians as a work of the first importance. The book's publication in paperback provides an opportunity to recommend it to students of international relations, for its main objective is to place British naval power in broad geopolitical context. This is by far the most important survey of British naval history since Sir Herbert Richmond's Statesmen and Sea Power (1946) and in some ways it is more important."
—International Historical Review
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, London, 2001. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. Paul Kennedy's absorbing and detailed book traces Britain's rise and fall as a sea power from the Tudors to the present day. Challenging the traditional view that the British are natural "sons of the waves", he suggests instead that the country's fortunes as a significant maritime force have always been bound up with its economic growth. In doing so, he contributes significanty to the centuries-long debate between "continental" and "maritime" schools of strategy over Britain's policy in times of war. Setting British naval history within a framework of national, international, economic, political and strategic considerations, he offers a fresh approach to this fascinating subject, ensuring that his book is of great value not only to naval historians, but also to anyone with an interest in Britain past and present. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001955
Book Description Penguin UK, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0141390476
Book Description Penguin UK, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110141390476