is a history of the British navy from 1793 to 1815,
during the war against first the French Republic and then Napoleon.
It is a straightforward and readable popular account, which covers
institutional and administrative history as well the major fleet
engagements, the Great Mutiny, and the role of sea power in the overall
course of the war. Only two hundred pages long and lacking references,
is not a replacement for a definitive formal history
— something which, as Parkinson points out, remains to be written.
There are surprisingly few works which cover this material (though there
are plenty of biographies of Nelson) and, given the number of Forester
and O'Brian fans, there is definitely an opportunity for someone here.
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