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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Steam Power and Sea Power

Coal, the Royal Navy, and the British Empire, c. 1870-1914

Authors: Gray, Steven

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  • Argues that coal was a key facet of naval and imperial defence
  • Develops a new angle to the study of industrial commodities
  • Enhances our understanding of the connections and complexities of the British Empire
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This book examines how the expansion of a steam-powered Royal Navy from the second half of the nineteenth century had wider ramifications across the British Empire. In particular, it considers how steam propulsion made vessels utterly dependent on a particular resource – coal – and its distribution around the world. In doing so, it shows that the ‘coal question’ was central to imperial defence and the protection of trade, requiring the creation of infrastructures that spanned the globe. This infrastructure required careful management, and the processes involved show the development of bureaucracy and the reliance on the ‘contractor state’ to ensure this was both robust and able to allow swift mobilisation in war. The requirement to stop regularly at foreign stations also brought men of the Royal navy into contact with local coal heavers, as well as indigenous populations and landscapes. These encounters and their dissemination are crucial to our understanding of imperial relationships and imaginations at the height of the imperial age. 

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Steven Gray is Lecturer in the History of the Royal Navy at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where he teaches on the MA in Naval History. His PhD, completed at the University of Warwick, won the British Commission for Maritime History Doctoral prize for the best doctoral thesis, 2014. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57642-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57641-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Steam Power and Sea Power
Book Subtitle
Coal, the Royal Navy, and the British Empire, c. 1870-1914
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57642-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57642-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57641-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 289
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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