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Download Epub Format  To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World (P.S.) PDF by ŠArthur Herman Trigger warnings war and everything that goes along with it 3.
5 stars If you re interested in naval history, read this book If you re not SUPER DUPER interested in naval history, go ahead and bypass this one Because, like, it s interesting But it s also A LOT It s nearly 600 pages not including references of And then Britain built some battleships and blew everyone up Basically, it covers British naval history from the time of Edward III to the Falklands though it does jump from World War II to the Falklands with no mention of what happened in between I think the subtitle here is slightly misleading it really doesn t explain how the Royal Navy shaped the modern world so much as it discusses events that shaped the modern world in which the Royal Navy was involved At times, it s a little on the dry side, but it s definitely comprehensive and easy to understand Sot Having read extensively both history and historical fiction about the British Navy over the last 40 years, there was little that was new in Arthur Herman s book, but it was refreshing to take a wide view of the British Navy s history Certainly there were gaps Often I would find myself reading a paragraph focusing on a battle or event about which I had already read a complete book or several books But there were some new insights and connections made about the British Navy s long history For example, I had never read about the Falklands War and I really need to read about Pepys s Navy To Rule the Waves How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World was well worth the read.
Five emphatic stars delivered with the ear shattering crash of a thundering broadside of screaming metal from a 74 gun ship of the line This is an absolute must read for any fan of nautical history and if you are a fan of Patrick O Brian Master and Commander series then you will enjoy the hell out of it as I did This book details the rise of the British Navy from the earliest days under Edward III until almost current day The scope of the book is large, everything from trade to piracy, to colonization, to slavery, to exploration and everything in between The author does a great job of narrating this history, I found this book to be incredibly entertaining Plus it was chock full of interesting little historical tidbits that I love such as When the Royal Navy examined Edward Blackbeard Teach s body after he died in battle they found that he had been shot five times ans bee

The title overstates what the book is about, but if you are a bit of a British or naval history fan, this is a wonderful book to read The over statement part comes from the fact that the book does not in fact go into great detail about how the Royal Navy shaped the modern world It makes that claim and offers good arguments for it, but they are not detailed arguments and they are not the meat of the book The meat of the book is a history of the Royal Navy, from its beginnings in piracy, slave trading, massacre and general high seas criminality at least by later standards standards enforced by the Royal Navy itself to its final decline and fall in the postwar era presided over, for a crucial period of time, by First Sea Lord, Lord Mountbatten, who performed the same service for another pillar of the British empire A fluid narrative survey that reads easily, but leaves something to be desired in its exploration of larger themes Herman seems to suggest that the Royal Navy lost influence after the world wars primarily because of choices made by policymakers rather than because of Britain s diminished economy relative to other powers or other systemic reasons this is fairly characteristic of the depth of analysis of the narrative throughout the book Granted it covers nearly 500 years in just under 600 pages, but detail errors and oversimplifications in areas about which the reader knows a little already may grate That said, it tackles a big topic quite readably and it s not at all bad.
A fantastic account of the birth and growth of the Royal Navy and its implications on the world Arthur Herman did a wonderful job of making this in depth account such an enjoyable and easy read Anyone who is interested in history or international relations ought to read this book From Francis Drake to Horatio Nelson to present day, To Rule the Waves was a magnificent piece of historical literature greatly educated me on the effects that the British Royal Navy has had not only on the world, but specifically, the United States as well Fair warning though, as you move further into the book, you will notice a bias on Mr Herman s part against the U.
S when it comes to the Royal Navy If you can look through the bravado and see the history behind it, then I imagine that you wi The book covers the navy from its beginning, when it really wasn t a navy, until the Falklands You can tell the author has a deep abiding love and respect for it and a touch of bitterness for its course after WWII He does not shy from some of its controversial past such as its role in conducting the slave trade before changing missions to end it He also addresses a few of the myths Although the battles are not ignored or slighted the real meat of the book is how the Navy shaped Britain and its government and how the people shaped the Navy He highlights how the Navy was, in so many ways, the defining institution of the country While you have Nelson and Drake Cook you also get the men who shaped, cultivated, grew and protected the institution itself and how they did it He does not ignore the good fortune of geography that allowed a barbaric remote island to come to dominat 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 TodayIn 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 , 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 KingdomIt 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 NavyIlluminating 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 This is a useful perspective on empire and the world order we live in delivered by a fine storyteller Along the way, the reader is rewarded with insights into everything from common expressions in the English language that originated in naval practices, to the personal character and dramas of famous historical figures, to how American policy and markets participated in and served and expressed the needs and desires of the British world system of which despite the political break it was an active part and which indeed it has inherited.
From the book s Introduction This book will show how a single institution, the British navy, built the modern global system by challenging and toppling the global system forged by Spain and Portugal It took me about three months to read this but that s not because of the book itself This is a history of the British navy from Drake to the Falkland War The subtitle oversells the book a little bit I did not think the focus throughout was how the British navy shaped the world, although that was particularly true in a few specific instances More on that below But, regardless of the overreach of the subtitle, this is still an impressive book Herman had to cover a lot of ground well, waterhaha and he did that well The book can also operate as a summary of European history over the last 500 years since England and her navy was involved in most of modern European history in one way or another.
The book gave me a greater appreciation for how England, particularly her navy, prevent

Arthur Herman

Download Epub Format  To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World (P.S.) PDF by ŠArthur Herman Arthur L Herman born 1956 is an American popular historian, currently serving as a senior fellow at Hudson Institute He generally employs the Great Man perspective in his work, which is 19th Century historical methodology attributing human events and their outcomes to the singular efforts of great men that has been refined and qualified by such modern thinkers as Sidney Hook.