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  • Seapower States

  • Maritime Culture, Continental Empires, and the Conflict That Made the Modern World
  • By: Andrew Lambert
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Andrew Lambert, author of The Challenge - winner of the prestigious Anderson Medal - turns his attention to Athens, Carthage, Venice, the Dutch Republic, and Britain, examining how their identities as "seapowers" informed their actions and enabled them to achieve success disproportionate to their size.   

Lambert demonstrates how creating maritime identities made these states more dynamic, open, and inclusive than their lumbering continental rivals. Only when they forgot this aspect of their identity did these nations begin to decline. Recognizing that the United States and China are modern naval powers - rather than seapowers - is essential to understanding current affairs, as well as the long-term trends in world history. This volume is a highly original "big think" analysis of five states whose success - and eventual failure - is a subject of enduring interest, by a scholar at the top of his game.

©2018 Andrew Lambert (P)2018 Tantor

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Fascinating but let down by the narration.

This is not a light read. A sweeping theme and the author has enormous depth of knowledge.I had to stop for occasional fact checks as the author assumes you know your history. Well informed analysis sadly let down poor narration. Frequent instances where emphasis on the wrong word made a complex argument even more difficult to follow. However, welll worth the effort.

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  • 14-01-2019

only got 1 hour or so through

Intro and part of Ch. 1 i listened to were horribly repetitive....went around in circles a bit--these are not such difficult cocnepts that they require this. the editor failed in his job.
gave up
maybe back end is better

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  • Douglas
  • 24-10-2019

bit too self congratulatory

there are some good points and some interesting historical clarifications but too often it just devolves into the author ranting about how nobody is English (and he goes to lengths ro say english, not British) enough to be a proper sea power, ignoring the vast tracts of continental land and manpower that the British empire relied upon.

if you've got spare credits, are very english and like sea state politics you might like this otherwise you could suffer significant buyer's remorse.

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