In Support of the State 1763-1815
History Press 2009
Hardback 352pp Illustrated
9780752448190   Product Code: 19713
Dominated by two wars, the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars, and the difficulties that faced the merchant marine during both conflicts, this study also examines trade in the Far East and the Pacific, the dangers of navigation to such remote destinations, and the activities of the notorious press-gangs. This is Volume Two of A History of the British Merchant Navy, Woodman's major study of the British mercantile marine's immense importance as 'an historical instrument of empowerment and imperial expansion'.