1st Edition

Ideologies of Western Naval Power, c. 1500-1815

Edited By J.D. Davies, Alan James, Gijs Rommelse Copyright 2020
    346 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This ground-breaking book provides the first study of naval ideology, defined as the mass of cultural ideas and shared perspectives that, for early modern states and belief systems, justified the creation and use of naval forces. Sixteen scholars examine a wide range of themes over a wide time period and broad geographical range, embracing Britain, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Venice and the United States, along with the "extra-national" polities of piracy, neutrality, and international Calvinism. This volume provides important and often provocative new insights into both the growth of western naval power and important elements of political, cultural and religious history.

    Introduction: The Ghost at the Banquet: Navies, Ideologies, and the Writing of History

    J.D. Davies, Alan James and Gijs Rommelse

    Section One: Navies and National Identities

    1. Groom of the Sea: Venetian Sovereignty Between Power and Myth

    Luciano Pezzolo

    2. National Flags as Essential Elements of Dutch Naval Ideology, 1570-1800

    Gijs Rommelse

    3. Towards a Scientific Navy: Institutional Identity and Spain’s Eighteenth-Century Navy

    Catherine Scheybeler

    4. The French Navy from Louis XV to Napoleon I: What Role and by What Means?

    Patrick Villiers

    Section Two: Monarchical Projects

    5. Fleets and States in a Composite Catholic Monarchy: Spain c. 1500-1700

    Christopher Storrs

    6. "Great Neptunes of the Main": Myths, Mangled Histories, and "Maritime Monarchy" in the Stuart Navy, 1603-1714

    J.D. Davies

    7. Colbert and La Royale: Dynastic Ambitions and Imperial Ideals in France

    Alan James

    Section Three: Communities of Violence

    8. Corsairs in Tunis from the Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries: A Matter of Religion and Economics

    Sadok Boubaker

    9. Transnational Calvinist Cooperation and "Mastery of the Sea" in the Late Sixteenth Century

    D.J.B. Trim

    10. Shadow States and Ungovernable Ships: The Ideology of Early Modern Piracy

    Claire Jowitt

    11. Greeks into Privateers: Law and Language of Commerce Raiding Under the Imperial Russian Flag, 1760s-1790s

    Julia Leikin

    Section Four: Constructing Strategies

    12. Kingship, Religion and History: Swedish Naval Ideology, 1500-1830

    Lars Ericson Wolke

    13. Neutrality at Sea: Scandinavian Responses to ‘Great Power’ Maritime Warfare, 1651-1713

    Steve Murdoch

    14. Naval Ideology and Its Operational Impact in Eighteenth Century Britain

    Richard Harding

    15. Debating the Purpose of a Navy in a New Republic: The United States of America, 1775-1815

    John B. Hattendorf

    Section Five: Afterword


    Andrew Lambert


    J.D. Davies is a Vice-President of the Society for Nautical Research and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

    Alan James is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London.

    Gijs Rommelse is Head of History at the Haarlemmermeer Lyceum in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester.