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How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves Updated to 1900   By: (1814-1880)

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"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves Updated to 1900" by William Henry Giles Kingston is a comprehensive and thoroughly researched account of the rise of the British Empire as a dominant naval power. This updated edition provides readers with a fascinating historical perspective on how Britain established its naval superiority and expanded its influence across the world.

The author's meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout the book. Kingston chronicles significant events, key figures, and pivotal moments that shaped the British Royal Navy's journey to becoming a global force. His writing style is engaging and informative, making it easy for readers to immerse themselves in the narratives of each chapter.

One of the book's strengths is the breadth and depth of the content covered. Kingston begins by setting the historical context, exploring early naval endeavors and the challenges faced by the British Navy. He then delves into the crucial developments and innovations that propelled Britain to the forefront of naval power, such as advancements in shipbuilding, navigation, and weapons technology.

Furthermore, the author delves into the geopolitical factors that played a significant role in Britain's naval expansion. He discusses conflicts and wars that not only shaped naval strategies but also spurred territorial acquisitions and colonial expansions. Kingston is careful to provide a balanced account, highlighting both the triumphs and shortcomings of the British Navy throughout its history.

The book's updated edition makes it particularly valuable for readers interested in understanding the British Empire's trajectory up until 1900. Kingston provides insights into Britain's colonial ventures, naval bases, and its economic and political influence across continents.

While the book is dense with information, readers will appreciate the author's ability to present complex historical events in a clear and accessible manner. Kingston combines historical analysis with engaging storytelling, making it an enjoyable read for history enthusiasts of all levels of expertise.

Overall, "How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves Updated to 1900" stands as a remarkable testament to Kingston's dedication and expertise in the subject matter. This comprehensive account is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the British Navy's rise to power and its profound impact on world history.

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How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves, updated to 1900, by W.H.G. Kingston.

This is a history of the British Navy, originally written by Kingston, but as he had died many years before 1900, and as it was felt that this book ought to go up to that year, it was edited and re issued by the friends of Kingston, in particular by Henty.

It is a serious book, yet it is an easy one to read. It is also a very interesting book, that all British boys and girls, even now, more than a hundred years after the book was published, would do well to read.

One thing of special interest is that today's naval families, families that have traditionally sent sons to a distinguished career in the Navy, can look back, and read of the exploits of their forbears.

On the other hand, because of the very large numbers of names in the book it would probably not make a good audiobook, and we have not tried it.




Rome was not built in a day, nor has the glorious British Navy attained its present condition except by slow degrees, by numerous trials and experiments, by improvements gradually and cautiously introduced, and by the employment of a vast amount of thought, energy, and toil... Continue reading book >>

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