The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain 660-1649

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 7, 2004 - History - 691 pages
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Throughout Britain's history, one factor above all others has determined the fate of the nation: its navy. N. A. M. Rodger's definitive account reveals how the political and social progress of Britain has been inextricably intertwined with the strength - and weakness - of its sea power, from the desperate early campaigns against the Vikings to the defeat of the great Spanish Armada. Covering policy, strategy, ships, recruitment and weapons, this is a superb tapestry of nearly 1,000 years of maritime history. 'No other historian has examined the subject in anything like the detail found here. The result is an outstanding example of narrative history' Barry Unsworth, Sunday Telegraph

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Review: The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain 660-1649 (A Naval History of Britain #1)

User Review  - John Knowles - Goodreads

Excellent. The rise of the Anglo-Saxon state driven (in part, presumably) by need to finance defences, including naval forces, to counter Scandinavian attacks; Scandinavians in turn build up state to create navy that can overwhelm the English defences. Read full review

Review: The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain 660-1649 (A Naval History of Britain #1)

User Review  - David Cheshire - Goodreads

This is a fabulous read. Rodger is an authoritative guide to the issues shaping the prehistory of the British navy and our commitment to becoming a naval power. His title it surely ironic, since he ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

N.A.M. Rodger is Professor of Naval History at Exeter University and Anderson Senior Research Fellow, National Maritime Museum. He is the author of The Wooden World and The Admiralty. The second volume of his naval history of Britain, The Command of the Ocean, is published this month by Allen Lane.

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