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McLEOD, A.B. British Naval Captains of the Seven Years' War : The View fromthe Quarterdeck. (Woodbridge, Suffolk) : The Boydell Press, (2012). First Edition. Pp (7),viii-x,1-271,(5). Illustrations, tables in text. 8vo, photo-illustrated light blue hardcovers. . "'We have always known who were the captains of the Seven Years' War, in the sense of having lists of their names. A few of them, who later became famous, we knew personally at least a little, but until now most of them have never been more than names. The genius of this book is to bring them to life as individuals; to show their hopesand fears, their faults and virtues, and to fill in the details of their w orking lives. Far from the grand narrative of ba ttles and campaigns, this book illuminates the everyday world and everyday thoughts of a generation of 18th-century naval officers.' N.A.M. Rodger. This book provides a detailed insight into th e operations of the British Navy during the Seven Years' War by examining the experiences of the cohort of men promoted to the rank of captain in 1757. Byrne McLeod outlines their early careers, discusses how they were selected fo r promotion and examines the opportunities for making reputations and fortunes through action first against the French and then also the Spanish. She also demonstrates the iron control wielded by the Admiralty over its captains an d shows that, although connections and interest assisted greatly with promotion, allegations of 'corruption' were misplaced. The navy in this period was highly effective: an extremely complex andefficient bureaucracy where merit was most definitely rewarded. Based on e xtensive original research, this book explores the everyday minutiae of thecaptains' duties and responsibilities. The captains were well aware that e very detail of their commands contributed to their effectiveness as fighting machines. From never-ending convoy protection to large-scale, world-wide amphibious operations, these men served in what has rightly been called thefirst global war. Maritime and eighteenth-century historians will find thi s book particularly rewarding." - from rear cover. Chapters : 1. 'Interest'and Ability: The Route to Post Captain; 2. The Tools of the Trade: A Capta in's Duties Regarding His SHip's Fabric and Equipment, and Her Influence onHis Career; 3. 'The People: Manning the Navy during the War; 4. Expertise and Courage : Opportunities for Individuals; 5. Management: THe Admiralty and Its Captains; 6. Success or Failure: The Parameters; 7. Conclusion. Appendices: 1. The Cohort. with Essential Dates and Summary of Correspondence; 2. Summary of Careers of Cohort. With bibliography and index. Very good. 85.00
Title: British Naval Captains of the Seven Years' War : The View from the Quarterdeck.
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 2012, ISBN:9781843837510:
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