The Modern Scholar: High Seas, High Stakes: Naval Battles That Changed History

  • by Timothy B. Shutt
  • Narrated by Timothy B. Shutt
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Naval battles have long captured the popular imagination, from confrontations between Athens and Sparta in the ancient world to the epic conflicts that took place during the World Wars and beyond.
In this riveting series of lectures, Professor Timothy B. Shutt of Kenyon College explores the naval battles that have helped to establish empires and have changed history.
Throughout the course of world events, as trade and commerce grew in importance and nations became ever more dependent on the import and export of all manner of goods, control of the world's waterways and shipping lanes became a key determinant in which nations reigned supreme. As demonstrated so aptly in the World Wars, blockades at sea can strangle a nation as effectively as sieges laid against walled cities of old. With studied insight into the events that have shaped the world over the millennia, Professor Shutt imparts an understanding and appreciation for the importance of naval warfare in world history - and of the grandeur and daring that define these awe-inspiring clashes.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Excellent series of lectures

A very enjoyable series of lectures, the descriptions are so good you can really picture what's going on and the necessary historical background is given without taking away the focus on naval matters so you learn a lot more than you set out to.

Very enjoyable and he obviously knows his stuff!
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- kingnoodle

Didn't quite float my boat

Timothy Shutt has an obvious enthusism and knowledge for his subject but I don't think that the lecture format works that well. Having become used to almost faultless narration in other titles, the rambling lecture style is unexpected. Some of the battle accounts such as Midway are well explained but most of the ancient ones suffer though the lengthy explantion necessary to put them in historical context. I have read a far more gripping account of the Battle of Lepanto for example.
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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books