KENNEDY, Paul M.
Title: Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Allen Lane, London, 1976, ISBN:071390593x
Seller ID: 101618
KENNEDY, Paul M. The Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery. (London) : Allen Lane, (1976). First Edition. Pp. (6),[vii]-xviii,- 405,(1). Maps. 8vo, brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "This book is the first detailed examination of the history of British sea power since A.T. Mahan's classic 'The Influence of Sea Power upon History' (1890). In analysing the reasons for the rise and fall of Great Britain as the predominant maritime nation in the period from the Tudors to the present day, Dr Kennedy sets the Royal Navy within a framework of national, international, economic, political and strategical considerations which makes this a book not just for naval historians but also for all those interested in Britain's past -- and present -- poisition in the world. In his study Dr Kennedy argues that Britain's navalgrowth and decline has always been bound up with her economic growth and d ecline; that sea power exerted its greatest influence upon world affairs between teh creation of the oceanic sailing-ship in the early sixteenth century and the industrialization of the continental landmasses in the later nineteenth century; and that even within that era most favourable to the application of maritime force there were many limitations upon the influence of sea power which British governments ignored at their peril. Thus his book is also a contribution to the centuries-long debate between the 'continental' and 'maritime' schools of strategy over Britain's policy in times of war.Only in our contemporary, post-1945 world could such a book as this have b een written. In placing such emphasis upon the economic factor, in calling into question Britain's 'natural' bias towards the overseas and maritime world, and in analysing her fall as a naval, colonial and economic Great Power, Dr Kennedy offers a fresh approach to the study of British naval historyand a challenge to the traditional assumptions and historiography about th e Royal Navy." - from the dustjacket. Name, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 70.00