Britain and the World

Pax Britannica

Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace before Armageddon

Authors: Gough, B.

  • A true Global History – a confident, authoritative study of a story of Empire
  • The author, Barry Gough, is an award winning and well-known figure in the field
  • Winner of the Mountbatten Literary Award, from the British Maritime Foundation
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This book by world-expert Barry Gough examines the period of Pax Britannica , in the century before World War I. Following events of those 100 years, the book follows how the British failed to maintain their global hegemony of sea power in the face of continental challenges.

About the authors

Barry Gough is the author of many prize-winning and critically acclaimed histories dealing with the Royal Navy and the British Empire. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of Kings College London, UK, and Archives By-Fellow Churchill College, Cambridge, UK. His most recent book is Juan de Fuca's Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams (2012).

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“This book takes as its essential theme the intersection of British imperial and naval history during the post-Napoleonic nineteenth century. … Pax Britannica is written fluently and with great charm. … it is entertaining and elucidating in equal measure and is highly recommended.” (Matthew S. Seligmann, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Vol. 26, September, 2015)

“This is an essential addition to the literature and a very useful starting point for further studies in a variety of directions. Gough is a first-class historian and in many ways this represents his best work yet.” (Howard J. Fuller, The International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 27 (3), 2015)

Honourable Mention in the Canadian Nautical Research Society's Keith Matthews Award 2014.

"One committee member noted that what he had "regarded as a brilliant synthesis of a bunch of literature ... [was] considerably more than that. Gough book is something bigger - a substantial essay of globalism in the 19th-early 20th century." In it, he really addresses all of the big historiographical issues in studies of British imperialism for the past 50 years, ... including the superb chapters on controlling the slave trade.

Along the same lines, another member noted, "It is balanced, judicial and comprehensive. It also covers a vast topic." In sum, the committee agreed that Gough's book is 'life's work' in the sense that it brings together his reading and reflections over a whole career. It will rank up there with such scholars as Arthur Marder and Gerald Graham." - Canadian Nautical Research Society

'The history of the British Empire, which was once the preserve of either misplaced nostalgia or misdirected derision, has been reinvigorated in recent years by a number of wide-ranging books. Here is a significant new contribution to this literature, enlisting Barry Gough's expertise as a naval historian in restoring a neglected dimension to the story of the Pax Britannica. In its Victorian heyday, he argues, the Pax was underpinned by the Royal Navy, as 'a hoped-for state of affairs' that was to be crucially challenged by the ambitions of Germany - but ultimately displaced by the global reach of the United States.' - Peter Clarke, Professor Emeritus of Modern British History, Cambridge University, and author of The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire, 1944-47

'Attractively written, it is an absorbing, accessible, interesting and enlightening work and deserves a wide readership.' - Navy News


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pax Britannica
Book Subtitle
Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace before Armageddon
Authors
Series Title
Britain and the World
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31315-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137313157
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-35430-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34634-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 374
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