The Command of the Ocean, by N. A. M. Rodger – a small photograph intended to show the condition and general appearance of this book.

A small icon which is used as a link to this page elsewhere in my site !THE COMMAND OF THE OCEAN

A Naval History of Britain 1649 - 1815

by N. A. M. RODGER

ALLEN LANE - Published by The Penguin Group, London.
ISBN 0-713-99411-8

907 pages. 160 mm. x 240 mm. x 60 mm. Weight wrapped <1.75 kilo.
Book and un-price clipped dust wrapper in NEAR FINE condition; appears unread, and only fault is a slight bumping to the bottom of the spine, probably the result of being put down on shelf, bottom of spine first.
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A scan showing the condition of the front cover of the the dust wrapper.

JACKET FLAP BLURBS:                                                

The Command of the Ocean describes with unprecedented authority and scholarship the rise of Britain to naval greatness, and the central place of the Navy and naval activity in the life of the nation and government.

Based on the author's own research in a dozen languages over more than a decade, and synthesizing a vast quantity of historical material, it describes not just battles, voyages and cruises but how the Navy was manned, how it was supplied with timber, hemp and iron, how its men (and sometimes women) were fed, and above all how it was financed and directed. It was during the century and a half covered by this book that the successful organizing of these last three — victualling, money and management — took the Navy to the heart of the British state. It is the great achievement of the book to show how completely integrated and mutually dependent Britain and the Navy then became.

Among Rodger's many reversals of received opinion are a re-evaluation of Charles II (who attended more meetings of the Admiralty Board than any of its other members) and convincing reassessments of such famous figures as Pepys, Hawke, Rodney, Howe and St Vincent. The very particular and distinct qualities of Nelson and Collingwood are illuminatingly contrasted, and the world of officers and men who make up the originals of jack Aubrey and Horatio Hornblower is brilliantly brought to life. Rodger's comparative view of other navies, the French, Dutch, Spanish and American, allows him to make a fresh assessment of the qualities of the British. His strong intellectual structure of analysis and exposition never diminishes the humanity of the extraordinary stories he tells.

The Command of the Ocean is a landmark in naval and military history, but it also allows us to see the history of Britain as a whole in an original perspective. Anyone interested in the history of. Britain, Europe or the world at this dramatic period will find it engrossing.

N. A. M. Rodger is Professor of Naval History at Exeter University and a Fellow of the British Academy; he was formerly Anderson. Senior Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum. He is the author of The Wooden World and The Admiralty as well as the highly acclaimed first volume of  his naval history of Britain, The Safeguard of the Sea.