12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2007
At this price you are entitled to expect something special - and this really is. It is as wide ranging in its coverage of maritime matters as anyone could wish. I had imagined that it would be dealing primarily with staightforward history (Trafalgar and all that) but it is much more adventurous in its coverage and more than touches on economic and political issues of current importance. It is in the larger format of many recent OUP multi-volume publications which makes it bulkier than strictly necessary but the plus side of this is that there is more room for the many illustrative photographs and diagrams and the text is large enough to read easily. A handsome addition to anyone's library.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2010
Stating the obvious this set of books is encyclopedic.
The four volumes cover the entire gaumet of world maritime history from ancient times to modern day. There are articles on different water craft, maritime art, centres of the maritime trade and so on. This is not just about ships but the whole industry and its various supporting arms writ large across over 2000 pages. Each article is accompanied by a bibliography to give you ideas for further reading from other authorative sources.
Of course the best bit about a paper encyclopedia is you can randomly flick through and learn about something completley new that you knew nothing of. I am now the family expert on the Swede who developed the rotating turrets of the USS Monitor. To learn more than that you'll have to buy your own copy!