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Book Review of Edward III and the War at Sea: The English Navy, 1327-1377

Posted by William Young on November 16, 2012

International History

Graham Cushway. Edward III and the War at Sea: The English Navy, 1327-1377. Warfare in History series. Woodbridge, England: Boydell Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84383-621-6. Notes. Illustrations. Maps. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xxii, 265. $99.00 (hardcover).

The English navy played a key role in the Hundred Years War.  Dr Graham Cushway, a maritime historian and Associate Analyst for the United Nations, explores the English navy and the war at sea from the accession of Edward II (ruled 1307-1327) to the death of  Edward III (1327-1377).  The author examines the organization and structure of the navy, along discussing political events, naval innovation, and naval campaigns.  The author argues that Edward III “would command the most potent English navy prior to the modern age” (p.1).

Cushway sets the political, strategic, and military scene for English naval operations.  This allows the author to explain naval developments and fleet movements in context to English wars. …

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Book Review of In the Steps of the Black Prince: The Road to Poitiers, 1355-1356

Posted by William Young on November 15, 2012

International History

Peter Hoskins. In the Steps of the Black Prince: The Road to Poitiers, 1355-1356. Warfare in History series. Woodbridge, England: Boydell Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84383-611-7. Plates. Figures. Maps. Appendices. Notes. Bibliography. Pp. xviii, 246. $90.00 (hardcover).

Peter Hoskins, a medieval military historian and former British Royal Air Force pilot, writes a fascinating study of Prince Edward’s (the Black Prince) chevauchées (mounted military expeditions) in 1355 and 1356.  The Black Prince was Edward III of England’s eldest son, heir to the throne, and his lieutenant in Gascony.  In preparing this study, the author walked over 1,300 miles retracing the steps (as much as possible) of the Black Prince and his Anglo-Gascon army.

Hoskins provides a brief discussion of the origins of the Hundred Years War and the first phase (Edwardian War) from 1337 to 1355.  The Black Prince accompanied his father, Edward III, on the chevauchée from Normandy to Flanders in…

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Book Review of A Duel of Nations: Germany, France, and the Diplomacy of the War of 1870-1871

Posted by William Young on October 16, 2012

International History

David Wetzel. A Duel of Nations: Germany, France, and the Diplomacy of the War of 1870-1871. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-299-29134-1. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliographical Essay. Index. Pp. xvi, 310. $26.95.

The German Wars of Unification (1864-1871) have received attention by military historians in the last decade or so.  Moreover, the origins of the conflicts are well served by diplomatic historians.  However, the actual diplomacy that took place during the last of the three conflicts, the Franco-Prussian War (or War of 1870-1871), has been ignored, until now.  In A Duel of Nations, Dr David Wetzel, Visiting Lecturer in History at the University of California at Berkeley, explores the personalities and diplomacy involved in the making of the armistice, preliminary peace treaty, and finally the Treaty of Frankfurt (May 1871). Wetzel is known for his previous diplomatic studies The Crimean War: A Diplomatic History (1985) and A…

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Book Review of Frederick the Great: A Military History

Posted by William Young on October 10, 2012

International History

Dennis Showalter. Frederick the Great: A Military History. Barnsley, England: Frontline Books, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84832-640-8. Maps. Notes. Bibliographical Essay. Index. Pp. xi, 372. $50.00.

Frederick II (or Frederick the Great) ruled Prussia from 1740 to 1786.  War and diplomacy consumed most of his time and interest during his reign.  Frederick II commanded Prussian forces in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748) and Seven Years War (1756-1763).  His efforts resulted in the acquisition and maintenance of Silesia in those conflicts.  He also gained additional territory at the expense of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the First Partition of Poland (1772).  Frederick II’s army kept the Habsburg Austrian monarchy, seeking to acquire the Duchy of Bavaria, in line during the brief War of the Bavarian Succession (1778-1779) in Bohemia and Silesia.  Frederick II is credited with making Prussia one of the Great Powers in Europe.  In this classic study, Dr Dennis Showalter, Professor of History…

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Book Review of The Peace of Passarowitz, 1718

Posted by William Young on October 4, 2012

International History

Charles Ingrao, Nikola Samardžić, and Jovan Pešalj, editors. The Peace of Passarowitz, 1718. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2011. Central European Studies series.ISBN 978-1-55753-594-8. Figures. Illustrations. Maps. Notes. Index. Pp. xiv, 310. $39.95.

This is a collection of essays from the international conference on the Peace of Passarowitz (1718) held at Požarevac (Passarowitz), Serbia, in 2008.  The conference covered the history of war and peace in Southeast Europe from the Great Turkish War (also known as the War of the Holy League) (1683-1699) and the Peace of Karlowitz (Sremski Karlovci) (1699), to the Austro-Turkish War of 1716-1718 and the Peace of Passarowitz (1718), to the end of the Russo-Turkish War of 1736-1739 and Austro-Turkish War of 1737-1739 and the Peace of Belgrade (1739).  Military action, diplomatic talks, and peace settlements, as Nikola Samardžić states, “helped shape modern international relations, international law, and international borders that replaced what were…

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