The Royal Navy and the British Atlantic World, c. 1750–1820

  • John McAleer
  • Christer Petley

About this book


This book foregrounds the role of the Royal Navy in creating the British Atlantic in the eighteenth century. It outlines the closely entwined connections between the nurturing of naval supremacy, the politics of commercial protection, and the development of national and imperial identities – crucial factors in the consolidation and transformation of the British Atlantic empire. The collection brings together scholars working on aspects of the Royal Navy and the British Atlantic in order to gain a better understanding of the ways that the Navy protected, facilitated, and shaped the British-Atlantic empire in the era of war, revolution, counter-revolution, and upheaval between the beginning of the Seven Years War and the end of the conflict with Napoleonic France. Contributions question the limits – conceptually and geographically – of that Atlantic world, suggesting that, by considering the Royal Navy and the British Atlantic together, we can gain greater insights into Britain’s maritime history.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John McAleer
    • 1
  • Christer Petley
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-50764-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-50765-5
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