Overlook Press

Skip to Main Content »

Search Site

You're currently on:

Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind (Paperback)

More Views

Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind (Paperback)

Peter Padfield

Available at:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

Be the first to review this product


ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-151-9
Trim Size:

Product Description

From "the best naval historian of his generation" (John Keegan), a brilliant exploration of the significance of maritime power in shaping the western ideal of political freedom.

In the great wars of modern history, maritime powers have always prevailed over land-based empires, whether Habsburg, Napoleonic, Nazi, or Soviet. This extraordinary book charts the growth of these powers in various western countries while revealing the way in which supremacy at sea freed thought and society itself. As noted historian Peter Padfield demonstrates, those nations attaining mastery at sea have been distinguished by liberty, flexibility, and enterprise, a historical lesson of burning relevance today.

Maritime Supremacy details the struggles of the first supreme maritime powers of the modern age, the Dutch and the British, and ends with the emergence of the ultimate successor, the United States of America. Changes in society, politics, trade-including the slave trade-and in naval capability are interwoven with descriptions of the great sea battles by which world power was won. Bringing the characters vividly to life and immersing the reader in the drama of events, Padfield challenges our view of the evolution of today's world.

"Outstanding . . . offers up naval campaigns and sea battles as vivid as any you will find in Patrick O'Brian." John Lehman, former secretary of the US Navy, The Wall Street Journal

"[Padfield's] comprehension of the context and his natural, understandable absorption in the details are expressed in fine writing demonstrates powerfully the theory and practice of sea power which, simultaneously growing from and creating a desire for commercial, political, and religious freedom, led in 1787 to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution." Stephen Howarth, Naval History

Leading naval and military historian Peter Padfield is the author of many works of naval and military history including, most recently, a history of submarine operations in the Second World War, War Beneath the Sea, and Himmler Reichsfhrer SS, Hess: Fight for the Fhrer Armada: A Celebration of the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Spanish Armada, and Guns at Sea: A History of Naval Gunnery.

Product Tags

Add Your Tags:
Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.
Download our catalogs
Winter 2019
Fall 2018
Summer 2018
Winter 2018
PG Wodehouse