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Boat Building at Bridport Harbour, c.19th Century.
By Permission of Bridport Town Council

The Naval History Blog: No. 8

Why maritime history matters: Maritime highways – A personal journey. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book aptly titled The Prize, Daniel Yergin quotes Admiral ‘Jacky’ Fisher as telling Winston Churchill, on the latter’s appointment to First Lord of the Admiralty in September 1911, ‘east of Suez oil is cheaper than coal.’[1] It later became clear […]

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Sailor with a lion cub (Courtesy of Brain Witts, Curator of the HMS Excellent collection)

The Sailor Zoo and Farm in Portsmouth: Re-enchantment and Necessity (Part 1 of 2)

In 1832 the Fourth Sea Lord of the Admiralty suggested there was a need for ‘theoretical instruction’ in gunnery. Thus what had been previously considered an art became a science.[1] Marine artillery embraced the science and technology of the age, and this modernisation of gunnery was aligned with a transition from sail to steam ships. […]

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The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany in Nantes.  All photos by Harry Brennan.

The Coastal History Blog 43: Why the coastal history of Brittany matters

Our first post of 2018 is a guest post by Harry Brennan, who recently completed a MA History degree at Cardiff University, focusing on early modern and Atlantic history. This is the fifth guest post that has appeared in the Coastal History blog.  This contribution continues to stretch the geographical, regional, and comparative range of […]

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“Environmental History at the Coastal Edge” roundtable at ESEH in Zagreb, June 30, 2017. From left to right: Christopher Pastore, Elsa Devienne, Isaac Land, Kara Schlichting, Craig Colten, Giacomo Parrinello. Photo credit: Benjamin Furst.

The Coastal History Blog 42: Conference (and roundtable!) roundup

Apologies to regular Coastal History blog readers—I’ve been quiet for a while.  I’ve been busy with conferences, and also with getting some “thought pieces” into print.  The last year and a half has been about giving presentations, getting introduced, introducing people to each other, and alerting them to the possibilities of organizing around the new […]

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