BookPick: A History of the Royal Navy Series

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Three titles in the series have been published to date

BookPick: A History of the Royal Navy Series
by BigJules

The History of the Royal Navy is published by I.B.Tauris, in association with the National Museum for the Royal Navy. The series consists of three chronologically themed books covering the sailing navy from the 1660s until 1815; the navy in the nineteenth century from the end of the Napoleonic Wars; and the Navy since 1900. These core volumes are complemented by titles on particular wars or specific aspects of the Service. All the books are standalone titles and taken together provide a very comprehensive and accessible history of the Royal Navy from its beginnings to the present day.

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Three titles have been published to date* with eleven more to follow:
A History of the Royal Navy: The Age of Sail
A History of the Royal Navy: The Seven Years’ War
A History of the Royal Navy: The American Revolutionary War
A History of the Royal Navy: Empire and Imperialism
*A History of the Royal Navy: The Napoleonic Wars
A History of the Royal Navy: The Victorian Age
A History of the Royal Navy: The Royal Marines
A History of the Royal Navy: The Nuclear Age
A History of the Royal Navy: Air Power and British Naval Aviation
A History of the Royal Navy: The Submarine
A History of the Royal Navy: Women and the Royal Navy
A History of the Royal Navy: World War I
*A History of the Royal Navy: World War II
*The Royal Navy: A History Since 1900

Given the period I write about (1793-1815), I was particularly interested in The Napoleonic Wars title, ably penned by Martin Robson. This looks at the history of the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from a broad perspective, examining the strategy, operations and tactics of British seapower. A helpful appendix of sources for each chapter, along with a bibliography appears at the end of the book. It will certainly join the list of books I recommend as enlightening overviews of this fascinating period.

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