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Hawke, Nelson and British Naval Leadership, 1747-1805 Hardcover – 15 Oct 2009


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This book revises our understanding of British naval leadership in the age of sail and it will generate much more debate on this popular subject. NORTHERN MARINER As is to be expected from two such expert historians, the insights they provide into the conduct of eighteenth century naval warfare will certainly be welcomed by students of the subject. MARINER'S MIRROR Ruddock Mackay and Michael Duffy... have succeeded brilliantly in examining the chain of naval leadership that links Hawke with Nelson, the Seven Years War with the Napoleonic War and the evolution of the British strategy of blockade. (...) As an example of a comparative study this book cannot be bettered. MARS & CLIO The authors have provided a very thorough analysis of the battle assumptions of the Royal Navy from the 1740s to 1805, and the shrewd comments on the abilities of numerous admirals are a delight to study. (...) Highly recommended. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARITIME HISTORY This is one of the most sophisticated accounts of naval history to emerge in recent years, a worthy complement at the command level to Sam Willis's Fighting at Sea in the Eighteenth Century: The Art of Sailing Warfare (Boydell, 2008). (...) An important study from the perspective not just of naval history but also of military history, this well-written book underlines the need to assess the specifics of leadership qualities alongside structural factors. HISTORY

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Ruddock Mackay has published extensively on maritime history and taught at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth and the University of St Andrews. Michael Duffy, who was Director of the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies at the University of Exeter 1991-2007, has also published extensively on maritime history.

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