Charts of War

Author(s): John Blake

Military

Lieutenant Commander John Blake has drawn on his extensive knowledge of some of the most impressive collections in the world, such as the Hydrographic Office, The Admiralty Library Manuscript Collection, The National Maritime Museum and The Royal Geographical Society in the UK, and the Library of Congress and South Street Seaport Museum in the USA, together with his experience in the Royal Navy, to provide a fascinating and astonishingly well-illustrated account of the role that charts have played in planning, preventing, conducting and recording war on water. A comprehensive introduction discusses the major themes with regard to naval warfare, navigation and chart-making; important topics such as why charting was necessary, how valuable the knowledge was and to whom, who was responsible for data gathering and chart-making, the technology and techniques involved, and the strategic and technical effects of accurate (and inaccurate) charting. Chapters are then organized chronologically. The first covers the period from earliest recorded history to the fifteenth century; thereafter they unfold century by century.

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Provides an illustrated account of the role that charts have played in planning, preventing, conducting and recording war on water. An introduction discusses the major themes with regard to naval warfare, navigation, and chart-making. The first chapter covers the period from earliest recorded history to the fifteenth century.

Lieutenant-Commander John Blake, FRIN, spent twelve years in the Royal Navy. He has worked extensively with the UK Hydrographic Office, the producers of Admiralty Charts, and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. John is the author of the acclaimed Conway publications The Sea Chart (2003) and Sea Charts of the British Isles (2005). His research interests span the maritime world, from nautical charts and surveying to merchant shipping.

General Fields

  • : 9781844860319
  • : Anova Books
  • : Conway Maritime Press Ltd
  • : September 2006
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Blake
  • : Hardback
  • : 160