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Dr Nicholas Rodger

MA, DPhil, FBA, FRHistS, FSA
Senior Research Fellow since 2008
I specialise in the naval history of Britain and of other countries, from the 6th century to the present day. I am particularly interested in international comparisons between naval powers, and in internal connections between naval history and other approaches to national history.
Dr Nicholas Rodger

Background

  • Lecturer, then Professor of Naval History, University of Exeter (from 1999 to 2008)
  • Anderson Senior Research Fellow, National Maritime Museum (from 1991 to 1999)
  • Assistant Keeper, Public Record Office (from 1974 to 1991)
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate at University College, Oxford (from 1968 to 1974)

Research interests

  • Naval history of Britain and of other countries, from the 6th century to the present day
  • International comparisons between naval powers, and in internal connections between naval history and other approaches to national history
  • Naval connections with political, economic, social, agricultural, religious and medical history, among others

Publications

  • (ed. with R. Cock), A Guide to the Naval Records in the National Archives of the UK (London: University of London, Institute of Historical Research, 2006; 2nd edn. 2008).
  • The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, vol. II, 1649–1815 (London: Allen Lane in association with the National Maritime Museum, 2004).
  • (ed.), Memoirs of a Seafaring Life: The Narrative of William Spavens (Great Britain: Folio Society, 2000).
  • The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval history of Britain, vol. 1, 660–1649 (London: HarperCollins Publishers in association with the National Maritime Museum, 1997).
  • (ed.), Naval Power in the Twentieth Century (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996).
  • (ed. jointly), British Naval Documents, 1204–1960 (Aldershot: Scolar, for the Navy Records Society, 1993).
  • (ed.), The Insatiable Earl: A Life of John Montagu. Fourth Earl of Sandwich, 1718–1792 (London: HarperCollins, 1993).
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