Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom
Naval Campaigns that Shaped the Modern World 1788–1851
In this follow-up to his much-acclaimed Maritime Supremacy, Padfield continues to trace the role of naval power in world history, here analysing the factors that led Britain to global dominance in the 19th century.
The Day Parliament Burned Down
When the old Palace of Westminster burned down on 16 October 1834, it was seen as a national catastrophe. Rumours about the cause of the fire were rife: was it arson, terrorism, foreign operatives, a kitchen accident or even divine judgement on politicians? In this riveting study, the Director of the Parliamentary Archives Caroline Shenton unfolds the story of the fire over the course of that day, and paints a skilful portrait of the social and political context of Westminster at the time.