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Naval Power and British Culture, 1760-1850

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Recent work on the growth of British naval power during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries has emphasised developments in the political, constitutional and financial infrastructure of the British state. Naval Power and British Culture, 1760-1850 takes these considerations one step further, and examines the relationship of administrative culture within government bureaucracy to contemporary perceptions of efficiency in the period 1760-1850. By administrative culture is meant the ideas, attitudes, structures, practices and mores of public employees. Inevitably these changed over time and this shift is examined as the naval departments passed through times of crisis and peace. Focusing on the transition in the culture of government employees in the naval establishments in London - in the Navy and Victualling Offices - as well as the victualling yard towns along the Thames and Medway, Naval Power and British Culture, 1760-1850 concerns itself with attitudes at all levels of the organisation. Yet it is concerned above all with those whose views and conduct are seldom reported, the clerks, artificers, secretaries and commissioners; those employees of government who lived in local communities and took their work experience back home with them. As such, this book illuminates not only the employees of government, but also the society which surrounded and impinged upon naval establishments, and the reciprocal nature of their attitudes and influences.


Dr Roger Morriss works in the Department of History, at the University of Exeter, UK.


Contents: Introduction; Part I The Eighteenth Century: The growth of British naval power; The culture of community; The culture of bureaucracy; The culture of finance; The nature of distrust; The debate over reform; Part II The Nineteenth Century: Samuel Bentham and the new ideology; Individual responsibility and public trust; Financial control and accountance; Classification and bureaucratic culture; Education and community; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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Titre: Naval Power and British Culture, 1760-1850
Sous-titre: Public Trust and Government Ideology
Code EAN: 9781351915588
ISBN: 978-1-351-91558-8
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 306
Parution: 15.05.2017
Année: 2017
Sous-titre: Englisch