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William James's Naval History is one of the most valuable works in the English language on the operation of the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. James corresponded widely with the survivors of the events he describes. By carefully evaluating and balancing conflicting reports and testimonies, he achieved an accuracy often lacking in later studies.

The original five volumes were published in 1822 to 1824, with a six-volume edition appearing in 1826. Previously, the work has been available only to scholars through specialist libraries. This new hardcover edition, with an introduction by the noted naval historian Andrew Lambert as well as an index for each volume, provides both scholars and maritime enthusiasts an accessible and affordable edition of this important work. Illustrated with charts, diagrams, and images, the work remains an essential source for all those who are interested in the operation of the Royal Navy in this period.

The Naval History of Great Britain

Author: William James

Title: The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Declaration of War by France, in February 1793, to the Accession of George IV. In January 1820

Series: n/a

First Published by: Baldwin, Cradock & Joy



Date: 1822




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