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Maritime Power and Struggle for Freedom: Naval Campaigns that Shaped the Modern World 1788-1851 (Maritime Supremacy #2)

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"With Maritime Supremacy, naval historian Peter Padfield was acclaimed for bringing a fresh perspective to world history by looking at it through the lens of naval history, as no one had before. Now in the follow-up to that book, Maritime Power, Padfield combines the drama of battle with a trenchant analysis of the causes of victory, revealing the hidden constant of histor ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published February 17th 2005 by The Overlook Press (first published July 17th 2003)
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John Nelson
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is of two minds.

First, the author sets forth his view of history, which is that there have been two types of governments through history: autocratic centralized governments, which seek to control everything from the center and tend to be based in the center of the continent, and commercially-oriented republics, which evolve limited government and tend to be based on the periphery, from which point their ships can set forth on trading ventures.

It is an interesting thesis, though perhap
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Unwordy
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Omamoodi tore raamat. Autor on ilmselgelt valdkonnaga kursis. AGA. Tüüp võtab raamatu aluseks teesi, et merd valitsev vabakaubanduslikult meelestatud riik on alati igas mõttes üle maapõhisest, agraarsetes traditsioonides kinni tsentraliseelitud despootlikust riigist. Ent selle asemel, et kenasti selle teesi tõestamisele asuda, raiskab kodanik kümneid lehekülgi laevalahingute kirjeldustele, mis on tihedalt täis pikitud merendusalast erialaterminoloogiat. Kohati on tunne, et üldpoliitilise alusega ...more
Stephanie Wasek
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: maritime-history
Padfield's hypothesis is broad, but he certainly demonstrates a correlative if not necessarily causal connection. There are better books on the individual battles highlighted, which sometimes made me wish there were less focus on battle tactics and more on multidisciplinary synthesis. Still, solid overall, particularly if you don't mind picking through the naval bits (I don't!) to get the full picture. Hot to pick up Maritime Power's predecessor, Maritime Supremacy.
Tim Dunne
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
An excellent history of Britain's entry into global maritime affairs and the conflicts between Nelson and Napoleon.
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