Faculty Book: David Syrett
Shipping and Military Power in the Seven Years War: The Sails of Victory
(University of Exeter Press, 2008)
The Seven Years’ War (1756–63) was the most successful military affair in British history, as the Royal Navy triumphantly asserted its supremacy over France and Spain en route to its conquering of a vast overseas empire. This key volume describes the amphibious British war machine in its first major display of strength, chronicling it from the organization of its shipping to its major operations at sea, and the 1762 Havana expedition in particular. Demonstrating that the tide of British victories would have been impossible without a sophisticated logistics operation headquartered in and off the coasts of Europe and North America, Syrett then places this analysis in a comparative framework—evaluating the operations in relation to the British Navy’s next major test, the triumphs and failures of the American Revolutionary War. David Syrett taught for 38 years at Queens College and was a member of the doctoral faculty in history at the Graduate Center until his death in October 2004. The book was published posthumously.
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Submitted on: DEC 10, 2008