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19th Century, Age of Sail, Anti-Piracy, Book Reviews, First World War, General, Merchant Navy, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 11 June 2024

11 Jun 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers an edited volume, based on a 2019 symposium, exploring the history of the Channel Islands in Anglo-French relations.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 4 June 2024

04 Jun 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers the proceedings of the 2022 ‘From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815’ Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail Conference.

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Age of Sail, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, Force Structure, Leadership, Naval History, People, Service Culture, Uncategorized, Women
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A Tribe of Fighting Sailors: An Entangled History

By Lt Cdr Jonathan Wheale RN,
18 Apr 24

Ed. With the imperative for liminal advantage in mind, the author explores the necessity of Diversity and Inclusion, duty, and the values that underline the modern Naval Service. A 10 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Seapower
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Latest Book Review, 22 March 2024

22 Mar 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Andrew Lambert considers a book originally published in 1691, edited and contextualised by Professors John Hattendorf and Geoffrey Till.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 15 March 2024

15 Mar 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers David Grann’s take on the story of the Wager and Commodore Anson’s 1742 voyage to the Pacific.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Combined Arms, Communications, Doctrine, Education, Geostrategy, Joint Forces, Language, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Military History, Ministry of Defence, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, People, Professional Military Education, Seapower, Service Culture, Strategy, The Art of Admirality, The Naval Review, Uncategorized
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Seablindness and the Royal Navy after 1964

By Dr James W E Smith,
05 Mar 24

Ed. With his trademark dissection of the conventional wisdom, the author argues that the concept of ‘seablindness’ is merely window dressing for the fundamental misunderstanding of the principles of British national strategy that has manifested over the last 60 years. A 20 minute read.

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19th Century, Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Military History, Naval History, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 16 February 2024

16 Feb 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Andrew Lambert considers a book on the War of 1812, which ‘provides the ideal introduction to a complex, and much misunderstood conflict’.

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Age of Sail, American Revolution, Book Reviews, Naval History, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 2 February 2024

02 Feb 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the maritime aspects of the American Revolutionary War.

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Age of Sail, 19th Century, Admiralty, Amphibious Operations, Baltic, Black Sea, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Crimean War, Dockyards & Ports, Equipment Capability, First World War, Force Structure, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Operational Art, Strategy, Technology
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The Royal Navy’s Baltic Assignments in the Crimean War (1854-55) and in the Russian Civil War (1918-1920) – Operational and Technological Insights

By Anniki Mikelsaar,
02 Feb 24

Ed. The author examines the importance of cultivating clear strategy and deploying balanced fleets in the Baltic operations of the Crimean War and Russian Civil War. In both cases the Royal Navy was engaged blockading enemy ports and striking at their harbours, frequently without direct orders from London, and with profound consequences for the national consciousness of the region. The parallels for today’s littoral operations in the Baltic and Black Sea are obvious. A 40 minute read.

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