Naval Leadership in the Atlantic World: The Age of Reform and Revolution, 1700–1850
Richard Harding (editor)
Naval Leadership in the Atlantic World: The Age of Reform and Revolution, 1700–1850

The naval leader has taken centre stage in traditional naval histories. However, while the historical narrative has been fairly consistent the development of various navies has been accompanied by assumptions, challenges and competing visions of the social characteristics of naval leaders and of their function. Whilst leadership has been a constant theme in historical studies, it has not been scrutinised as a phenomenon in its own right. This book examines the critical period in Europe between 1700 -1850, when political, economic and cultural shifts were bringing about a new understanding of the individual and of society. Bringing together context with a focus on naval leadership as a phenomenon is at the heart of this book, a unique collaborative venture between British, French and Spanish scholars. As globalisation develops in the twenty-first century the significance of navies looks set to increase. This volume of essays aims to place naval leadership in its historical context.

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Part One. Naval Leadership: A Voyage of Discovery
Introduction: Naval Leadership in the Age of Reform and Revolution, 1700–1850 (Richard Harding and Agustín Guimerá)
1. The Royal Navy, History and the Study of Leadership (Richard Harding)
Part Two. Naval Leadership in the Ancien Régime
2. Leadership Networks and the Effectiveness of the British Royal Navy in the Mid-Eighteenth Century (Richard Harding)
3. The Reputation of Louis XV’s Vice-Admirals of France (Simon Surreaux)
4. Types of Naval Leadership in the Eighteenth Century (Michael Duffy)
5. Naval Leadership in a ‘Fleet in Being’: The Spanish Navy and ‘Armed Neutrality’ in the Mid-Eighteenth Century (Catherine Scheybeler)
6. Admiral Louis Guillouet, Comte d’Orvilliers (1710–92): A Style of Command in the Age of the American War (Olivier Chaline)
7. Le Bailli Pierre-André de Suffren: A Precursor of Nelson (Rémi Monaque)
Part Three. Naval Leadership and the French Revolution, 1789–1850
Introduction: Naval Leadership and the French Revolution (Richard Harding and Agustín Guimerá)
8. Leadership in the French Navy during the Revolution and Empire. The Optimist and the Pessimist: Louis-René de Latouche-Tréville (1745–1804) and Pierre Charles de Villeneuve (1763–1806) (Rémi Monaque)
9. Admiral Antonio Barceló, 1716–97: A Self-Made Naval Leader (Agustín Ramón Rodríguez González)
10. Naval Leadership and the ‘Art of War’: John Jervis and José de Mazarredo Compared (1797–9) (Agustín Guimerá)
11. Luis María de Salazar, Ángel Laborde and the Defence of Cuba, 1825–29: A Study in Combined Leadership (Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza)
12. Napier, Palmerston and Palmella in 1833: The Unofficial Arm of British Diplomacy (Andrew Lambert)
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