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The Struggle for Sea Power: The Royal Navy vs the World, 1775-1782

Sam Willis



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Atlantic Books
24 April 2018
History; Maritime history; Military history; American War of Independence
For the first time, Sam Willis offers a fascinating naval perspective to one of the greatest of all historical conundrums: How did thirteen isolated colonies, who, in 1775 began a war with Britain without a navy or an army, win their independence from the greatest naval and military power on earth?

The American Revolution was a naval war of immense scope and variety, including no fewer than twenty-two navies fighting on five oceans - to say nothing of rivers and lakes. In no other war were so many large-scale fleet battles fought, one of which was the most strategically significant naval battle in all of British, French and American history. Simultaneous naval campaigns were fought in the English Channel, the North and Mid-Atlantic, the Mediterranean, off South Africa, in the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, the Pacific, the North Sea and, of course, off the eastern seaboard of America. Not until the Second World War would any nation actively fight in so many different theatres.

In The Struggle for Sea Power, Sam Willis traces every key military event in the path to American Independence from a naval perspective and the result is a far more profound understanding of the influence of sea power upon history, of the American path to independence and of the rise and fall of the British Empire.
By:   Sam Willis
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   560g
ISBN:   9781848878471
ISBN 10:   1848878478
Pages:   608
Publication Date:   24 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Sam Willis is a maritime historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is the author of a number of books on maritime and naval history, including the bestselling 'Hearts of Oak' Trilogy and the 'Fighting Ships' series. Sam has appeared in and presented numerous TV series. He is a Visiting Fellow in Maritime and Naval History at the University of Plymouth, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Reviews for The Struggle for Sea Power: The Royal Navy vs the World, 1775-1782

Highly entertaining * Spectator * Vivid and wide-ranging * Wall Street Journal *

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