Empire of the Seas
Historian Dan Snow presents a four-part BBC series charting the remarkable story of the role played by the Royal Navy in Britain’s history: from the 16th century marauders of the Spanish to the golden era of Empire under Victoria where British ‘gunboat diplomacy’ ruled the waves – and most of the world. Essential viewing for anyone interested in how our Navy contributed to the Empire’s growth.
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Historian Dan Snow presents Empire of the Seas a four-part series charting the remarkable story of the role the Royal Navy played in Britain’s struggle for modernity – a grand tale of the twists and turns which thrust the people of the British Isles into an indelible relationship with the sea and ships. The story of how the country’s greatest institution – her Navy – has shaped her history. Heart of Oaks opens with a dramatic retelling of 16th and 17th century history and how victory over the Armada turned an impoverished England into a seafaring nation. With access to the modern Navy and reconstructed ships of the time, Snow recounts the Navy’s metamorphosis from a rabble of West Country freebooters to possibly the most complex industrial enterprise on earth. The Golden Ocean: Snow charts the period from 1690 to 1759 and reveals how England
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