Hearts of Oak and Souls of Fire: Warfare in the Age of Sail 1755-1815
By Ed Kernahan
It was great age of sail.
Sixty tumultuous, blood-soaked years, during which the tactics and strategy of modern naval war were born — and when the British Navy rose to dominate the seas.
‘Hearts of Oak and Souls of Fire: Warfare in the Age of Sail 1755-1815’ is a brilliantly concise examination of those years, from the beginning of the Seven Years War to the end of the Napoleonic wars.
Looking at the battles, people and ships which defined this revolutionary period in naval warfare, Ed Kernahan shows how and why the ‘wooden walls’ of Europe were able to dominate the seas, as well as showing how the fight for the oceans determined the fortunes of the great nations of the age.
From the evolution of ship design and fleet tactics, to the wider reaching impact on the first global conflicts, this book looks at how and why the use of navies grew and changed from the mid-18th to the early-19th centuries, paving the way for the Age of Empire and shaping the path to the modern world.
With gripping analysis of bloodshed on the high seas, ‘Hearts of Oak and Souls of Fire’ brings the world of Hawke, Suffren and Nelson vividly to life.
Ed Kernahan studied at Exeter. ‘Hearts of Oak and Souls of Fire’ is his first book.
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