The Wooden World - An anatomy of the Georgian Navy

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Until the publication of The Wooden World the British Navy in the eighteenth century was one of the great puzzles of history. The traditional picture is of a floating hell, manned by miserably paid wretches, cowed by the lash and almost permanently drunk. How then did it achieve a fighting record of brilliant success and a reputation for formidable efficiency?The Wooden World brilliantly dissects eighteenth-century naval society, lays out clearly how the navy worked, and what life was really like below decks. The picture Nicholas Rodger paints not only completely overturns the traditional view, but is probably one of the most complete portraits we have of a navy of any age.
Until the publication of The Wooden World the British Navy in the eighteenth century was one of the great puzzles of history. The traditional picture is of a floating hell, manned by miserably paid wretches, cowed by the lash and almost permanently drunk. How then did it achieve a fighting record of brilliant success and a reputation for formidable efficiency?The Wooden World brilliantly dissects eighteenth-century naval society, lays out clearly how the navy worked, and what life was really like below decks. The picture Nicholas Rodger paints not only completely overturns the traditional view, but is probably one of the most complete portraits we have of a navy of any age.
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Author N.A.M rodger
Published 1988
Book Condition Ex Library Naval Collection , library plate and stamp, generally excellent condition
Dimensions (cm) 14x20
Pages 445
Weight (g) 365.0000
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