Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, c. 1730-1880

Higgitt, Rebekah F. and Dunn, Richard, eds. (2015) Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, c. 1730-1880. Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series . Palgrave Macmillan, 272 pp. ISBN 9781137520630. E-ISBN 978-1-137-52064-7. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137520647) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires, 1730-1850 brings together the work of international authors to explore European experiences in the development of new navigational techniques and instruments in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is the period in which the 'longitude problem' has been presented as being solved in an unproblematic way. Challenging this narrative, the book looks beyond just the British story to examine the role of governments, institutions, men of science, practitioners and navigators across Europe, and the use of the new and old techniques and instruments in practice. As the different chapters show, the methods available, including long-established navigational techniques such as dead reckoning and the newer astronomical and timekeeping methods of longitude determination, were complementary rather than exclusive. When and how they were used depended on local, national and other circumstances, although their development must be seen as the result of international and transnational exchanges.

Item Type: Edited book
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 11:29 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 10:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53931 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Higgitt, Rebekah F.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9387-4150
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