Jeremy Black graduated from Cambridge University with a Starred First and did graduate work at Oxford University before teaching at the University of Durham and then at the University of Exeter, where he is professor emeritus of history. He is a 2018 Templeton Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His recent books include Air Power: A Global History and Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: A Global History.
Jeremy Black’s global and strategic approach is ambitious but highly successful. Regardless of a reader’s interests, everyone will discover new and important insights in this rich study.
One word summarizes Professor Jeremy Black’s masterful synopsis of naval warfare since 1860: outstanding. Whether the reader is a deep specialist with decades of knowledge and direct experience of the subject, or an interested lay reader with a penchant for naval history, this fine book suits all. . . . [A] very clear, concise, precise, and highly readable picture of naval changes in history, but also the most devastating conflicts in the history of the world. . . . What he does is make us totally aware that in an age of Chinese maritime expansion, renewed challenges at sea from Russia, and other seaborne threats, maritime power and indeed a grand naval strategy for the Western powers is undoubtedly the key to maintaining the vital national interests of the Western democracies and their key global allies.
Jeremy Black has an international reputation for his prolific writings on the past, present and future of politics, diplomacy, warfare, strategy, empire, historiography, cartography, the press, and even the historical context of James Bond. . . This book exhibits all his trademark qualities as a writer and historian: accessibility, wide and recondite learning, global approaches, long chronological spans, lateral thinking, striking observations, and confident exposition. Often provocative, he is unfailingly interesting, with the ability to see familiar issues in new ways, and to leave the reader with food for thought on important subjects. . . . While each reader will find opinions with which to differ, the book has something informed, perceptive, and sensible to say about virtually everything within its scope, and is highly recommended for its rich and intriguing detail as well as thematic imagination.