An Intimate History of the Last and Greatest War Fought at Sea Under Sail: 1793-1815
Following the acclaimed Frontiers, Noel Mostert's new book chronicles the first true 'world war'. This was to be the longest, hardest and cruellest war ever fought at sea - on a scale comparable only with the Second World War. Methods of battle under sail, little altered for centuries, would be forced to change and develop at an unprecedented pace that brought with it the fearsome power of rockets, torpedoes and submarines. While the war on land saw the rise of the greatest soldier the world had known - Napoleon Buonaparte - the war at sea had the unprecedented genius of Horatio Nelson.
Mostert writes with intriguing insight about the parallels between the two historic figures. In February 1793 France declared war on Britain and Holland. The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars that raged for the next twenty-two years saw European powers manoeuvring for mercantile and political advantage, in a complex and ever-changing web of alliances and coalitions. By 1815 the world was a different place, age-old certainties were shattered, established dynasties and kingdoms overthrown, the United States had been established as a world power and a new age was dawning.The Great War, as it was known to contemporaries, spanned generations and continents. In The Line Upon a Wind, Noel Mostert has achieved a work of unparalleled research, rousing descriptions and illuminating analysis - maritime history at its very best.
Author: Noel Mostert
Title: The Line Upon a Wind
First Published by: Jonathan Cape