John Knox Laughton created modern naval history to harmonise the adacemic standards of the new English historical profession with the strategic and doctrinal needs of the contemporary Royal Navy. His correspondents included major figures in both the historical and the naval professions: Alfred T. Mahan, Samuel Rawson Gardiner, Julian Corbett, Cyprian Bridge and many others. This volume will be of particular interest to those interested in the development of naval history and naval theory.
'… a substantial and illuminating contribution to British naval historiography.' English Historical Review 'Andrew Lambert brings to this volume his own unequalled knowledge of Laughton, and his introductions to the volume and its chronological sections provide a valuable account of Laughton's professional life… its scholarship and its contribution to naval history and historiography will make it a valuable permanent addition to many libraries.' Journal of Maritime Research 'The Navy Records Society continues its superb […] publishing programme with this collection of papers belonging to the single most influential man in the creation of the society.' The Northern Mariner
Contents: Preface; Introduction; ’The Scientific Study of Naval History’, 1875-85; Professor of Modern History, 1885-90; The Navy Records Society, 1891-95; Fighting for Nelson, 1896-1900; Working to the end, 1901-15; Sir John Knox Laughton’s unfinished Naval History of England; Appendices; Index.