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The Island Nation: A History of Britain and the Sea [Hardcover]

Ellen MacArthur , Brian Lavery
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30 Jun 2005
What does it mean to be an island people? How has our rich and complex relationship with the sea shaped our national psyche? This beautifully illustrated exploration of Britain's maritime history sets out to discuss these questions. Brian Lavery takes the reader on a journey around the ports and harbours of Britain's coast, across rivers and along canals, climbing up lighthouses and strolling down piers. He moves with consummate skill between topics as varied as the rise of the Royal Navy or the development of specialised fisheries, the motives behind exploration and emigration or the protection of our shores from invasion, to deliver an all-encompassing history that is accessible and revealing. The pages are alive with tales of the great naval heroes, famous battles, legendary explorers and talented shipbuilders and architects. Each chapter includes a featured ship, dockyard, museum or notable maritime site, such as Chatham Dockyard, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, HMS Belfast, Liverpool's historic port, and the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh. The book is rounded off with a Gazeteer of over 100 heritage sites. The book is published as part of the major SeaBritain 2005 initiative whose aim is to co-ordinate all the various events that are planned for the Trafalgar bicentennary and promote the role that the sea plays and has played in British culture. Partners include The National Maritime Museum, The National Trust, English Heritage, the RNLI, The Royal Yachting Association and the Official Nelson Commemorative Committee, among others, with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Each of these organisations has made a committment to the promotion of this book.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd (30 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844860167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844860166
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 22.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Lavery is Curator of Ship Technology at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and a renowned expert on the sailing navy. His earlier title for Conway Maritime Press, 'Nelson's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organisation 1793-1815', is an international bestseller and was used as a technical reference by Peter Weir and his crew during the filming of 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'. Other titles include the two-volume 'The Ship of the Line', 'The Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War 1600-1815', and the recently published 'Jack Aubrey Commands: An Historical Companion to the Naval World of Patrick O'Brian'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written factual book 4 Dec 2012
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I found the book full of interesting facts about the countrys relationship to the sea. Well worth buying. An enjoyable read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain o!f the year 20 Nov 2010
This is a really attractive book that I bought as a gift for someone I knew would be interested in the content. I havent read it myself but it looks great and must be the bargain of the year!
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