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A Maritime History of the American Revolutionary War (ePub)

An Atlantic-Wide Conflict over Independence and Empire

Maritime Military > Pre-WWI > American History P&S History > By Century > 18th Century

By Theodore Corbett
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
File Size: 6.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781399040433
Published: 24th April 2023


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While many books have been written on the naval history of the Revolution, this is one of the first to treat it in its entirety as an Atlantic-wide conflict. While its geographical scope is vast, it features overlooked aspects of the war in which sloops and barges fought, actions which proved to be as decisive as the familiar ship of the line confrontations. It is also history from the bottom up, emphasizing the role of the crew as much the not always heroic officers. From naval perspective the rebellious colonies did not gain a military victory, though Benjamin Franklin was able to secure their independence at the peace table in Europe. The final chapter on the Royal Navy’s evacuation of white and black loyalists, will be examined in more detail in the author’s forthcoming Pen & Sword book.

"This is a very dense and detailed account...In conclusion, this is certainly a volume that should be placed on the shelves of the staff colleges."

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The Naval Review

Historians will be thankful to Corbett for illuminating an overlooked aspect of the past...

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Australian Naval Institute

"This is a book founded on wide research and packed with information..."

South West Soundings, South West Maritime History Society

A original, meticulous, detailed, documented, and fascinating historical study, "A Maritime History of the American Revolutionary War: An Atlantic-Wide Conflict over Independence and Empire" is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a section of b/w plates, thirty-eight pages of Notes, and a four page Index. A work of throughly impressive scholarship that is thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, and also available in a digital book format, "A Maritime History of the American Revolutionary War: An Atlantic-Wide Conflict" is highly recommended as a core addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library American Revolutionary History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

This is a careful and scholarly book which plays down the epic moments like the bombardment of Gibraltar and the duel between the Serapis and the Bonhomme Richard. In their place we have not only an account of all the main naval actions, including the combats on the lakes and rivers, but also of the organisation, supply and manning of the various navies on both sides.

If you are familiar only with the land war then read this as a corrective.

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About Theodore Corbett

Theodore Corbett is a scholar of the American Revolutionary War, an interest which grew during a career in teaching at several universities. He has published the award-winning No Turning Point, The Saratoga Campaign in Perspective and two community studies of the war, Revolutionary New Castle and Revolutionary Chestertown. For this maritime history, he has done research at the Caird Library, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, Archives Centre, The Maritime Museum of Liverpool and the New York Historical Society as a Gilder Lehrman Fellow. He resides on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

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