Wednesday 27 November 2013.
Room 219, Amory Building
Dr Alan James (King’s College, London).
Samuel McLean (King’s College, London).
The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries witnessed numerous political and social upheavals across many countries in Western Europe, with profound consequences for the emergence of European states and both international and imperial developments. Historical scholarship on these revolutions has focused very much on the emergence of ‘modern’ military forces and their role in driving the rapid and dramatic changes of the time, but has paid much less attention to the maritime dimension, despite recent studies that have highlighted naval institutions as integral elements of early modern state-formation.
In this seminar experts on two European countries (Dr Alan James on France, Sam McLean on Britain), will discuss the maritime aspect of revolution in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the impact of these turbulent times on the emergence of state-organised navies, and the significance of those navies in the development and long-term consequences of globally powerful European states during the early modern period.
Dr Richard Blakemore
Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter
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