Maritime Dominion and the Triumph of the Free World: Naval Campaigns That Shaped the Modern World 1852-2001

Author(s): Peter Padfield


Freedom of expression and individual enterprise flowing from merchant imperatives have distinguished the societies of powers dominant at sea; and since supreme maritime nations have prevailed over their territorial rivals in the great wars of the modern era, it is they who have created today's world. In this final volume of his maritime series, Peter Padfield carries the theme through the terrible wars of the last century to the present day, reaching controversial and unpalatable conclusions.


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Praise for the earlier volumes in the trilogy'The best naval historian of his generation' -- John Keegan 'If the author had confined his study to the "ships, weapons, tactics and strategies with which the maritime powers overcame their territorial opponents", the result would have been impressive ... But by also analysing the effect that trade and naval supremacy had on government and society, he has produced a work of stunning originality' -- Saul David, Sunday Times 'Those ready for an adult education in the history of war will be satisfied and those just wanting a good read enthralled ... On naval warfare Padfield is masterly' -- Tom Pocock, Literary Review

Peter Padfield was born in British India but educated inEngland. After service as a navigating officer in P&O liners toIndia andAustralia, he sailed in the replica seventeenth-century bark, Mayflower II", on her recreation of the Pilgrim Fathers' voyage. Subsequently he worked a passage to the Pacific and sailed local craft in theSolomon Islands. He has since made his name as a naval historian. The second volume of this present trilogy earned him the Mountbatten Maritime Prize.

General Fields

  • : 9780719562976
  • : John Murray General Publishing Division
  • : John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • : 0.738
  • : January 2009
  • : 34mm X 162mm X 240mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Padfield
  • : Hardback
  • : 359.009034
  • : 384
  • : Illustrations