Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy

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The story of our navy is nothing less than the story of Britain, our culture and our empire. Much more than a parade of admirals and their battles, this is the story of how an insignificant island nation conquered the world's oceans to become its greatest trading empire. Few other nations have fallen so deeply in love with a branch of the armed forces as the British did with its Navy. Yet, as Ben Wilson shows, there was nothing inevitable about this rise to maritime domination, nor was it ever an easy path. For much of our history Britain was a third-rate maritime power on the periphery of Europe. EMPIRE OF THE DEEP also reveals how our naval history has shaped us in more subtle and surprising ways - our language, culture, politics and national character all owe a great debt to this conquest of the seas. This is a gripping, fresh take on our national story.

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One of our finest young historians...With such a variety of peaks and troughs to choose from, this book can only generate discussion: it is, in its essence, a book about rise and fall that explodes the notion of rise and fall. It is a wonderful book because it does not tell the answer from on high but, instead, it asks the question: what do you think? (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Wilson tackles this formidable canvas with zeal and spirit. He is strong on strategy and analysis, yet also throws himself into the great battle scenes, of which his account of the battle of the Nile in 1798 is particularly effective. (NEW STATESMAN)

Compelling...Wilson's mastering of 1,500 years of naval history is no small achievement. (SUNDAY TIMES)

Superb...crisply and clearly composed by Ben Wilson (BOOK OF THE WEEK THE TIMES)

My only regret was in finishing this fascinating and thought-provoking account. (THE SPECTATOR)

The fighting, blood-and-guts side of naval life is portrayed by Wilson with great skill...A charming book. (Kwasi Kwarteng EVENING STANDARD)

Spanning the period since the Romans left until now, Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy is a sprawling, magisterial account of how Brittania came to rule the waves. (METRO)

The author...writes with such brio and passion about the subject. (THE CATHOLIC HERALD)

Wilson has a brilliant flair for addressing very current questions with reference to the past. (BBC WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?)

Empire of the Deep by Ben Wilson is an engaging history of the British navy from King Alfred to the Thames pageant at last year's Diamond Jubilee. (CHOICE MAGAZINE)

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A landmark history of the British Navy from King Alfred to the 21st century.

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