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To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World

von Arthur Herman

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Recounts how Britain's Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From its beginnings under Henry VIII and adventurers like John Hawkins and Francis Drake, the Royal Navy toppled one world economic system, built by Spain and Portugal after Columbus, and ushered in another--the one in which we still live today. Follows its historiy from the defeat of the Spanish Armada, through the seventeenth century, when the navy came to play a leading role as England became a world power, through the convulsions of Napoleon, the twentieth century, and the downfall of the British Empire itself, as Britain passed its essential elements on to its successor, the United States.… (mehr)
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Fascinating. His writing style and storytelling keep you informed and entertained at the same time. ( )
  dolphinluver22000 | Sep 19, 2008 |
3958. To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World, by Arthur Herman (read Nov 30, 2004) This is not a scholarly book but it tells well the fascinating story of the role the British Navy played from Elizabeth I's time till the end of the first World War. The author has a thesis to uphold, reflected in the title, and I think he does a good job showing that the British Navy was crucial to the world during the years of its heyday. The author, though a history professor at American universities, is pro-British, but not bothersomely so. He makes little mistakes, such as saying Mussolini invaded Yugoslavia in 1940 (rather than Greece) and that Wilson asked Congress to declare war on April 6, 1917, rather then than on Apr 2, 1917, and the book has no bibliography as such and not very good footnoting, but it was still a great book to read. ( )
  Schmerguls | Oct 14, 2007 |
Interesting. I learned a ton about early naval history. Francis Drake was amazing. The Spanish got a lot of treasure, for centuries. ( )
  rakerman | Jul 18, 2006 |
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Recounts how Britain's Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From its beginnings under Henry VIII and adventurers like John Hawkins and Francis Drake, the Royal Navy toppled one world economic system, built by Spain and Portugal after Columbus, and ushered in another--the one in which we still live today. Follows its historiy from the defeat of the Spanish Armada, through the seventeenth century, when the navy came to play a leading role as England became a world power, through the convulsions of Napoleon, the twentieth century, and the downfall of the British Empire itself, as Britain passed its essential elements on to its successor, the United States.

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