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Book Review of The Emergence of Britain’s Global Naval Supremacy: The War of 1739-1748

Posted by William Young on January 8, 2013

International History

Richard Harding. The Emergence of Britain’s Global Naval Supremacy: The War of 1739-1748. Woodbridge, England: Boydell Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84383-580-6. Figures. Maps. Plates. Tables. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. viii, 374. $115.00 (hardcover).

Richard HardingBritain’s war with Spain (1739-1748) and involvement in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748) has received limited attention from historians in recent years.  In this study, Dr Richard Harding, Professor of Organisational History and Head of the Department of Leadership, Development, and Organisation at the University of Westminster in England, addresses British politics and the operational conduct of the wars against Spain and France in the 1740s.  Harding is known for his works Amphibious Warfare in the Eighteenth Century: The British Expedition to the West Indies, 1740-1742 (1991), The Evolution of the Sailing Ship, 1509-1815 (1995), Seapower and Naval Warfare, 1650-1830 (1999), as editor of A Great and Glorious Victory: New Perspectives on the Battle of Trafalgar (2008), and co-editor of Naval…

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