To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how Britain s Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to power unprecedented in history From its beginnings under Henry VIII and adventurers like John Hawkins and Francis Drake, the Royal Navy toppled one world eco nomic system, built by Spain and Portugal after Christopher Columbus, and ushered in another the one in which we still live today.In the sixteenth century, such men as Hawkins, Drake, and Martin Frobisher were all seekers after their own fortunes as well as servants of their nation But at the moment of crisis in 1588, they were able to come together to thwart Philip II of Spain and his supposedly invincible Armada In the seventeenth century, the navy became the key to victory in the English Civil War and played a leading role on the world stage in the years of the Commonwealth and Oliver Cromwell s Protectorate The navy s dominance allowed England s trade to boom and prosper It sustained its colonies, reshaped its politics, and drew England, Scotland, and Ireland together into a single United Kingdom.It was this system that Napoleon had to break in order to make himself absolute master of Europe And it was the Royal Navy, led by men like Horatio Nelson, that stopped him in his tracks and preserved the liberty of Europe and the rest of the world That global order would survive the convulsions of the twentieth century and the downfall of the British Empire itself, as Britain passed its essential elements on to its successors, the United States and its navy.Illuminating and engrossing, To Rule the Waves is an epic journey from the age of the Reformation to the age of computer warfare and special ops Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea of heroic sailors, admirals, and aviators of violent conflict and personal tragedy of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world....
|Title||:||To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World|
|Publisher||:||Harper First Edition edition October 26, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||672 pages|
|File Size||:||983 KB|
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To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World Reviews
Why read a history of the British Navy? Why read a history of a Navy? A partial answer is that war is always entertaining. A truer answer perhaps would be that there is no greater teacher than war. Arthur Herman’s book is the story of one of the greatest instruments of war ever to exist – the Royal Navy. It is about how this instrument was forged. It is also about how it was wielded over five centuries to create the greatest empire in history. That the sun did not set on the British Empire was in very large measure due to its Navy.
"To Rule The Waves - How The British Navy Shaped The Modern World" is an engaging and enjoyable read! It spans centuries from the days of Francis Drake to the war in the Falklands and the author does a very good job of making a book of such wide scope and covering so many eras very enlightening and enjoyable.
This is one of the most important books that I've read. I wish I had read this when I was young. The world would have better sense because of this. This is world history succinctly summarized by the role that the Royal Navy played. Great read. Wish the paperback had bigger fonts.
To Rule The Waves is an excellent history of the Royal Navy and its effect on the world. It begins with the first English efforts to sail beyond their small island's home waters and traces the story through the Navy's most glorious years in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries into its decline in the twentieth, finishing up with a brief survey of the Navy's activities during the 1982 Falklands War.