Eighteenth-Century Naval Officers

A Transnational Perspective

  • Evan Wilson
  • AnnaSara Hammar
  • Jakob Seerup

Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750 –1850 book series (WCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Evan Wilson, AnnaSara Hammar, Jakob Seerup
    Pages 1-9
  3. Evan Wilson
    Pages 11-45
  4. Olivier Chaline
    Pages 47-71
  5. Pablo Ortega-del-Cerro
    Pages 73-97
  6. AnnaSara Hammar
    Pages 127-159
  7. Jakob Seerup
    Pages 161-183
  8. Brian Davies
    Pages 185-212
  9. Evan Wilson
    Pages 213-221
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 223-235

About this book


This book surveys the lives and careers of naval officers across Europe at the height of the age of sail. It traces the professionalization of naval officers by exploring their preparation for life at sea and the challenges they faced while in command. It also demonstrates the uniqueness of the maritime experience, as long voyages and isolation at sea cemented their bond with naval officers across Europe while separating them from landlubbers. It depicts, in a way no previous study has, the parameters of their shared experiences—both the similarities that crossed national boundaries and connected officers, and the differences that can only be seen from an international perspective.


Maritime History Naval History Seafaring Naval Profession Professionalisation

Editors and affiliations

  • Evan Wilson
    • 1
  • AnnaSara Hammar
    • 2
  • Jakob Seerup
    • 3
  1. 1.U.S. Naval War CollegeNewportUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Maritime Studies (CEMAS)Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Bornholm’s MuseumNexøDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25699-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25700-2
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