By Andrew D. Lambert
From the fellow defined via Amanda Foreman as 'one of the main eminent naval historians of our age' comes the tale of ways this country's maritime energy helped Britain achieve exceptional dominance of the world's financial system. advised during the lives of ten of our so much outstanding admirals, Andrew Lambert's publication spans Elizabethan instances to the second one international warfare, culminating with the spirit which led Andrew Browne Cunningham famously to claim, whilst the military feared he could lose too many ships, 'it takes 3 years to construct a boat; it takes 3 centuries to construct a tradition'.
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Admiral John Jervis, 1735–1823, 1st Earl of St Vincent. After John Hoppner © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London 9. Second Taking of Chusan, China, Oct 1 1841. Edward Hodges Cree © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London 10. Masters of the Seas. William Lionel Wylie © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London 11. The End: The Fore-Cabin of ‘HMS Elizabeth’. Sir John Lavery, by courtesy of Felix Rosentiel’s Widow & Son Ltd, London, on behalf of the Estate of John Lavery 12. Capital Ships Bombard Salerno.
12 Indeed it is. But while no other naval commander has attained Nelson’s perfection, he did not invent the art of the admiral. He inherited a rich tradition stretching back two hundred years: his mentors feature in this book, as do his protégés. To understand this tradition, we need to look beyond the unique genius of one man and see how mere mortals exercised leadership and command in the most complex and demanding of environments. The demands of trade and security ensured that the English state would acquire a maritime character, and Britain remains the most ‘maritime’ of the major economies, undertaking more trade by sea than any other G8 nation.
If the development of naval history in the twenty-first century is to be sustained, we must hope that such generosity will be replicated. My family continues to suffer the burden of having a historian in the house without protest, arriving at some unusual destinations in the process. Zohra and Tama have tolerated these admirals, and I can only hope they will appreciate the results. The support of my parents has been a source of strength and sustained my connection with things that really matter.
Admirals by Andrew D. Lambert