Title: Realities of Naval History. 1st UK, in dj.
Publisher:  George Allen & Unwin, 1936,
Seller ID: 41491
TUNSTALL, Brian. The Realities of Naval History. London: George Allen & Unwin, (1936). First Edition. Pp 224. 8vo, blue cloth. A post-jingo analysis of Britain's naval history that clears away the patriotic filters through which the subject is usually seen, in order to present the actual dynamics ofnaval strategy and tactics. Cleverly written, too: "To many members of the British Empire naval History still remains a strange compound of prejudice , sentimentality, and archaeological chit-chat. Fleets loom up with grand but disconcerting irrelevance out of the mist of 'our naval heritage,' commanded by weird figures grasping bowls, whips, brooms, and tumblers of grog."-from the Preface. 20 chapters including: 1. The Narrow Sea; 4. The Spanis h War; 6. Ship Money; 8. The Age of Pepys; 10. The Spanish Succession; 11. The Hanoverian Succession and Colonial Rivalry; 12. The Seven Years War; 13. The American Colonists and their Continental Allies; 14. The French Revolution; 15. The Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Baltic; 16. Naval Reform and the Campaign of Trafalgar; 17. The Continental System and Combined Operations; 18. Imperial Expansion and the Near East. With bibliography and index. Very good in lightly nicked, unclipped dust jacket. Quite a nice copy. 40.00