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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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The Royal Navy and the British Empire

The Royal Navy and the British Empire

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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

Barry M. Gough

Oxford University Press

The corpus of writing on the subject of the interrelationship between naval and Imperial history previously has been confined to two branches. However, Arthur J. Marder and Gerald S. Graham revolutionized, in their respective fields, the correlation of naval power and colonial empires in the 19th century. The study of the navy and its influence on the Empire and vice versa remained a largely untouched field of study. In line with this, a discussion on Marder, Graham, J. C. Beaglehole and the Pacific, and unfinished business is presented. The general linkage of navy to Empire continues to escape historians, perhaps because the task is such a daunting one. Case studies are needed: a survey of the role of British naval power and its relation to the Pax Britannica; a survey of overseas stations and bases; and a study of how the Royal Navy influenced the course of the early history of colonial and Commonwealth navies.

Keywords:   Royal Navy, British Empire, British naval power, Imperial history, naval history, Arthur J. Marder, Gerald S. Graham, J. C. Beaglehole, Commonwealth

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